B1A4 Push Live Instrumentation Into K-Pop on Slick Single 'Sweet Girl'
Last year, B1A4's American tour had the unexpected delight of a full band backing the quintet's charming boy-band numbers. K-pop isn't known for incorporating live instrumentation in songs, but B1A4's latest single makes a case for more of it.
"Sweet Girl" was recorded alongside a live band and orchestra, according to the act. The production decision gives the tune a noticeably warmer and refreshing sound compared to the more synthetic bubblegum treats served by their rivals. A serenade about love at first sight, the guys sound super smooth over the slick, disco funk-influenced arrangement.
The accompanying music video puts B1A4 in more mature light too as they rock tuxedos to seduce the camera. The guys take said "sweet girl" on a slew of fantasy-driven dates like when CNU plays a magician or Gongchan is a natural Prince Charming.
"Sweet Girl" is the title track of the band's new EP, their first release in 13 months after last July's "Solo Day." All the new tracks were either composed or written by leader Jinyoung, Baro or CNU; perhaps further indicating the group is showing a heavier involvement and deeper appreciation of music with their careers versus most Korean idol acts.
The Sweet Girl EP is available to stream on Apple Music. Preview the record with a medley of the six songs below including standouts like the lush "After 10 Years" and laidback "Love Is Magic":