Former YG Entertainment trainee Youha debuted last year with Island, which honestly wasn’t anywhere near my radar. But… introduce synthwave production and you’ve officially got my attention! Similar to Yubin’s Perfume (also released today), comeback track Abittipsy (오늘 조금 취해서 그래) brings Youha’s sound right in line with K-pop’s retro synth craze. And, it does a fantastic job of it.
Abittipsy is short and sweet, coming in at under three minutes but making the most of its limited time. Right from the start, the throbbing electronic backbone makes its presence known, providing a constant underpinning for the track that lends it a surging – almost majestic – energy. This isn’t a new or novel production technique, but it’s one that almost always appeals to me. Call me predictable if you’d like. I just love this hearty synth sound.
Before Youha’s vocals take us into verse one, the instrumental hits with a gorgeous crest of bright synth textures. The rest of the song flirts between these two elements, beefing up the track during the chorus and pulling back for the verses. Again, this is nowhere near original, but it’s tried and true and ultra-satisfying. Youha delivers an assured vocal, building toward a cathartic power note that brings us into the final chorus. The melody is simple and uncluttered, but brilliantly traces the structure of the instrumental. If this is the kind of material Youha intends on delivering from now on, I think we’ve just found a new, compelling K-pop soloist.