When we last heard from SoRi, she was collaborating with performance group Folded Dragons for the dramatic EDM of I Am Not Alone. Though that song didn’t stick around my playlist for long, it pointed toward a willingness to experiment that bode well for her future as a pop artist. With new single Initial S (이니셜 S), SoRi has aimed straight for my retro synth-loving heart, swerving in a new direction that matches pop music’s current 80’s revival.
Initial S hinges on an icy synth loop, the kind you’ve heard dozens of times before if you’re at all familiar with 80’s pop. It’s a sound that’s never quite gone out of style, as specific as it is. Here, it’s used as a through-line that gives the track a nice sense of propulsion. Its music video prominently features motorcycle-riding, and that image is a good encapsulation of the forward-moving sensation the instrumental delivers. Even the opening of Initial S feels like revving up for a race.
Immediately, the track’s verses reminded me of something Sunmi would sink her teeth into. SoRi’s vocals don’t have quite the same presence, though their clear tone is perfectly suited to pop music. She’s also a great compliment to Initial S’s sharp synth textures, particularly during the catchy chorus. I love how this track feels consistent throughout. And, while I crave a more developed hook, the simple refrain works well alongside the robust instrumental. I have a feeling this is one of those songs that’s going to stick around for a while, pulled by the sheer force of its momentum.