Though she doesn’t receive as much attention as some of (G)I-DLE’s other members, Yuqi has one of the group’s most compelling voices. And now, she has the opportunity to spotlight that talent with the release of her digital single Giant. Recorded in both English and Chinese versions, the song offers a shot of rock-infused inspiration.
I’m not usually a fan of K-pop tracks released in English, but Giant‘s lyrics are vague enough to appeal to anyone going through a struggle. The imagery is memorable, if a bit simplistic. And, it’s echoed by a hearty instrumental that brings a heavy dose of rock guitar. The production has that plodding quality that’s become so popular in modern pop music, and I wish the rhythm matched the intensity of the guitar. It picks up during the standout pre-chorus, hinting at the full-on rocker this could have been. Instead, we get some satisfying symphonic flourishes, which help compensate for the beat’s sluggish pace.
More importantly, Yuqi compels with her husky voice. She brings authentic emotion and grit to Giant, holding her own against the bombastic instrumental. And though the melody is quite repetitive, her performance keeps things fresh and engaging throughout. If it were up to me, the track would close with a killer key change or an unexpected shift to double-time, but Giant‘s ambitions are more modest than that. Even so, Yuqi has all the talent necessary for an exciting solo career. And if the excellent b-side Bonnie & Clyde hints at what she’s got in store for us next, I’m all ears!