Last week, Seungri (a vocalist in K-pop boy wonders BIGBANG) released a teaser video hinting that his new solo EP, “Let’s Talk About Love,” would be downright dirty. Turns out the release highlights the 22-year-old’s maturation with its lead single, “Gotta Talk To U,” one of the slickest tunes released in K-pop this year.
“Gotta Talk To U” is a surging yet melancholic mid-tempo track centered on melodic piano lines and woozy flute synths. Seungri restrains his vocals before chugging into the aggressive, repetitive chorus. Undoubtedly, the song could have incorporated a wacked-out breakdown party section (like recent tracks by his labelmates G-Dragon and CL), but it remains a subtle piece of pop with lyrics pleading a lover to talk alone.
The music video brings the sophistication to life with an impeccably dressed Seungri lamenting his unreachable lover in what looks to be a New York City apartment. Neon lights whiz by the star as he keeps a close eye on his love interest — a point some may find creepy.
On Sunday (Aug. 18), Seungri released his six-song EP, “Let’s Talk About Love.” The set showcases Seungri’s affinity for high-quality pop and electro-pop jams.
A stand-out comes in banging hip-hop track “Let’s Talk About Love,” which features fellow BIGBANG members G-Dragon and Taeyang. The artists look keen to prove they’ve grown up since their debut seven years ago as they examine a mature subject and get risque (for K-pop standards) while doing so, dropping “bitch” in a few verses. With its simple, catchy chorus and a beat that recalls Pharrell’s recent slew of hits, it’s one of the most accessible Korean tracks released this year.
No. 17. “Gotta Talk To U”
No. 31. “Let’s Talk About Love”
No. 38. “GG Be” feat. Jennie Kim of YG New Artist
No. 51. “Come to My”
No. 62. “Love Box”
No. 81. “You Hooooo!!!”