The year of random, sporadic Chungha releases continues, with an album finally in sight early next year. In 2020, she’s focused on showcasing her versatility as an artist, and this approach has been quite successful. Chungha is really growing into her own, unafraid to skirt between multiple genres. The most recent example of this is Dream Of You, an English-language collaboration with Dutch DJ R3HAB.
Longtime readers will know that I usually don’t love English-language K-pop tracks (too often they feel like pandering), but Chungha is uniquely qualified for this approach. Having lived in America for a few years, she’s pretty much a fluent speaker, which makes Dream Of You’s lyrical content feel more authentic. Musically, the song is “Chungha does Dua Lipa.” You can practically hear the producers playing Don’t Start Now and Break My Heart in the background when composing this. Luckily, this is another concept she’s uniquely qualified for.
Chungha’s charisma drives Dream Of You with convincing energy. The verses are particularly satisfying, delivering a melody that traces the groove with utter confidence. The bass-heavy chorus employs the same trick, but could do with some sort of counter-melody to keep things fresh and unpredictable. Even so, this is a highly-polished dance track that really showcases the best in Chungha’s voice. She offers a nimble performance, subdued but never lacking in power. Dream Of You feels like a semi-sequel to this spring’s Stay Tonight, and makes me hopeful that the upcoming album will embrace a similar dancefloor aesthetic.