Before a new K-pop album is released, I habitually read its track descriptions (when they’re available). This can be dangerous, as my imagination can falsely extrapolate a single word into the most epic song ever recorded. But more often than not, these descriptions just use the same few trendy descriptors. So when Yuqi’s Bonnie & Clyde was described as “trance-influenced,” all my alarm bells went off. Trance is my personal favorite EDM sub-genre, and I’d love to hear it make a commanding comeback.
Bonnie & Clyde is as much rock as it is trance, but it definitely has that driving, looping energy that makes trance music so satisfying. Like Giant, the song is performed entirely in English. The lyrics are fun and convincing, even if they hinge upon a well-worn concept. But honestly, Yuqi could have been singing total nonsense over this production and I’d still be sold.
I love forward-moving pop music like this. There’s a reason why the word “propulsive” has become a Bias List cliché, after all! From verse to chorus, Bonnie & Clyde knows exactly where it’s going and never makes a diversion. The energy modulates, giving the verses a haunting quality that contrasts with the chorus’s explosive arrangement. But even in its quieter moments, the track maintains its drive. The structure is quite simple, and that’s not a problem. Sometimes simple is best.
However, a song like this demands a compelling vocal. And, Yuqi is more than up for the challenge. She sounds absolutely incredible — especially during the chorus. Admittedly, I’ve never paid much attention to her in the context of (G)I-DLE. But with a track this strong, I’m ready for her to go full-on solo.