Kim Jaehwan has a voice that can elevate any pop song. Too often, these voices are relegated to ballad after ballad after ballad. But, I love nothing more than hearing a powerful vocalist collide with an equally powerful dance or rock track. It’s one of the factors that made me such a huge fan of Infinite. Unsurprisingly, my most-loved Jaehwan tracks opt for more up-tempo arrangements.
I don’t know that I’d call I Wouldn’t Look For You (찾지 않을게) “up-tempo,” but it does have a satisfying emotional drive. Kim Jaehwan whips out his guitar for the track, and its steady strum gives the instrumental its forward momentum. The arrangement is joined by brass during the chorus, but the production wisely puts his vocals front and center. This is a song that thrives on its emotive delivery, and Jaehwan is a master at wringing passion from the simplest of melodies.
Speaking of melody, I Wouldn’t Look For You is quite straightforward. Its verse, pre-chorus and chorus all have a similar flow and structure. K-pop’s title tracks love switching things up as much as possible, so hearing a song like this – with such a strong through line – feels almost subversive. Thankfully, I Wouldn’t Look For You’s melodic core is sturdy, and Jaehwan’s delivery is robust and dynamic enough to keep its repetition fresh and compelling. I’ll always prefer his rock and funk sides, but this is a nice showcase for his considerable talent.