Rising Korean girl group (G)I-dle released their second single “Hann (Alone)” on Tuesday (Aug. 14), coming just three months since they made their debut in May.
Starting off with a haunting whistling melody, “Hann” is a creeping dance-pop song built on sleek strings, echoing harmonies and vibrant, tinny percussion. The atmospheric tune moves between deadpan raps and sweet verses and eventually leads into the “woo-hoo-hoo” of the chorus, recalling the whistling sound that is heard throughout.
“Hann,” which is stylized “Hann (–)” in Korean, was co-written by member Soyeon and songwriter Big Sancho, aka Yummy Tone, and is about trying to forget a past lover. Its title appears to refer to the Korean concept of han, which denotes cultural collective feelings of injustice, helplessness, isolation and oppression from outside sources.