Formerly a duo, BOL4 has become a solo project for Ahn Jiyoung after member Woo Jiyoon left last month. Given this departure, I’m surprised that Jiyoung is already back with new music. Just last week we heard her on a sleepy duet with EXO’s Baekhyun, and now we have a new mini album under the BOL4 name.
I have a confession to make: I dread when new BOL4 music comes out, because I feel obligated to write about it. They’re too popular to ignore, but I have very little to say about their songs. The wispy, indie style is not for me and, quite frankly, I find Jiyoung’s voice to be incredibly grating. I realize I’m probably in the minority with this opinion, but it’ll give you a framework to understand why BOL4’s music rarely rates high on this site. The exception was 2018’s Travel, which was too addictive to ignore – even for a non-fan like myself.
Anyways, new single Hug (품) is a complete bore. It’s the kind of inconsequential springtime release that makes my eyes glaze over. It has a bit more pep in its step than Leo did, but that’s not saying much. The muted instrumental melds keys and guitar for a coffeeshop aesthetic. The verses take a drowsy approach despite their upbeat rhythm, and the chorus just loops around the same airy exclamation. I hardly feel qualified to write about a song like this because it’s so far from anything I’d ever choose to listen to. But, I’m sure it will be embraced by those looking for a more subdued release.
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