The K-pop quartet return at their most vulnerable yet.
2NE1 has caught the attention of both the East and West with forward-thinking music, fierce fashion and carefree attitudes. But the K-pop girl group is showcasing their most vulnerable and mature side yet in new single "Missing You," which brings surprises in the song composition and video.
Opening with subtle bass and guitar plucks -- recalling productions by The xx -- the first verse adds in bubble pops, hip-hop shouting and woozy harmonies over a swelling electro-pop production. But soon, soft piano chords get thrown into the mix, growing louder with each measure before listeners find themselves at an acoustic chorus featuring piano pounding and guitar strumming, letting the vocals shine.
2NE1's singles from earlier this year "Falling in Love" and "Do You Love Me?" -- both of which found big success on the K-Pop Hot 100, peaking at No. 2 -- were crafted around catchy, repetitive choruses. But "Missing You" is just a striking, perhaps more so, even without a simple hook.