One of my biggest frustrations with K-pop at the moment is that there aren’t many acts whose comebacks I reliably look forward to. Groups switch producers and concepts so frequently. Consistently great singles runs are harder to find. Heck, consistently great songs are harder to find! Everything feels very piecemeal. With this in mind, Wonho has revealed himself as a hero of consistency. He clearly has input in his musical direction and that’s resulted in a super solid run of dance tracks. They’re not cut-and-paste copies, but you can play one after another and get a sense of his artistic vision.
New single Eye On You hearkens back to past single Lose, which was released around this time last year. Its groove pulsates with a similar drive — dirty and insistent. Like Lose, Eye On You grows as it goes on, introducing more elements to the soundscape. It’s not quite as successful in this regard, but I love the synth textures that arrive during the chorus and form the backbone of the song’s final minute. Their ruggedness is tactile in a satisfying way.
Melodically, Eye On You is mostly a one trick pony. I kept expected the song to introduce a dynamic counter melody, breaking the repetition. Instead, it stubbornly embraces its trance-like drive, unveiling its club-ready beat and letting it simmer for three minutes. Fortunately, this production is addictive enough to compel attention. In the long run, this simplicity could prove an asset or a liability. I’ll be interested to see how Eye On You ages.