When last we checked in with Lucy, I was bemoaning how little they were utilizing their violinist. Jogging was a perfectly serviceable track, but felt too generic for a group with a leader who also happens to play the violin. Thankfully, new single Snooze (선잠) rights this wrong and finds great use for strings within its upbeat arrangement.
I’m happy to report that Snooze is no snooze. It has a buoyant energy, with plenty of structural variance to keep it fresh. At just under five minutes in length, it’s quite a long title track by K-pop standards. But, the song uses its space fully, opening in a dreamlike haze before the sprightly beat kicks in. For the first minute or so, we’re swept along by an understated build. This sets up the chorus perfectly, as more instrumentation comes in and Snooze begins to rock out (or at least, “rock out” as much as it’s designed to). I love the fullness of this refrain. The instrumental throws everything at us at once, from extra percussion to swoops of strings to the odd synth texture. But, it’s all grounded in frontman Sangyeob’s rich tone.
So, let’s get back to that violin. Snooze showcases leader Yechan’s skills perfectly. Not only does he ornament the choruses and second verse, but he even gets his own interlude section. Just as most songs would be winding down, Snooze pauses for a gorgeous solo that imbues the track with emotion and drama. It’s not the kind of musical showcase you hear often in K-pop, and its presence is well-appreciated. Better yet, it’s just one of many surprises packed into this charming comeback.