Gaho first came to prominence in early 2020 with a huge OST hit from K-drama Itaewon Class. But, he’d been releasing music for several years prior. Now, he’s delivered his first full album – a landmark moment for any artist. Preceded by singles Ride and Rush Hour, the twelve-track work is being promoted with title track Right Now. And judging by the quality of the song, this was a smart choice.
Right Now is the kind of track that benefits greatly from performance and arrangement. As a straightforward pop song, nothing about the melody enthralls me. But, Gaho sells the hell out of it, offering plenty of dynamics and texture in his vocal. The production allows for layers of satisfying sound, lending heft exactly where the song needs it. Couple this with seesawing strings and chant-along moments of catharsis, and you’ve got a larger-than-life pop track that’s guaranteed to leave a mark.
I’ve been slow to board the Gaho train, mostly because the songs themselves didn’t feel all that unique. Right Now also wears its influences on its sleeve, but I’m quite partial to this style of symphonic rock. I love how it clears space for a proper build, climaxing in a dizzying rush of guitar and strings. Right Now supplies enough tension to make this feeling of release worth waiting for, and Gaho brings the nuance necessary to keep the repetitive melody from becoming… well… repetitive. With a number of rock-influenced tracks dropping today, I think Right Now is the one to beat.