After a breakout year in 2016, smooth-crooning Korean singer-songwriter Dean returned on Thursday (Feb. 16) with his latest collaboration. The mellow “Come Over” features 15&’s sweet-toned Baek Yerin.
A bit softer than many of his more eclectic songs, “Come Over” is a deceptively upbeat duet about reminiscing over the good times of a past relationship. Sprinkled with a fair amount of twinkling synths and and an off-kilter beat, the single starts out relatively low-key before the swaying chorus kicks in, with organ-esque keys. Baek’s clear voice resonates in a post-chorus verse, before the pair’s layered vocals bring the track to a gentle close.
The music video for “Come Over” is a sketch-filled dreamscape featuring squiggles of a man and a woman contemplating one another. The clip is introduced by a hypnotic optical illusion that leads to a rocket ship getting fired, and ends with the reverse, as if to mimic the sleep cycle. The video was directed and created by the Korean artist Seong Lib, who has collaborated with SHINee.
“Come Over” was released on Dean’s Limbo single album, which features both the duet and one additional track, “The Unknown Guest.” After their release, both songs promptly appeared on Korea’s real-time music charts; “Come Over” landed at No. 1 on multiple local Korean music charts.
Despite being a relatively new artist, Dean has become a forerunner of Korea’s R&B scene ever since the release of his alt R&B debut album 130 Mood: TRBL last year. The EP appeared at No. 3 on the World Albums chart and No. 22 on Heatseekers Albums. High profile collaborations with Anderson .Paak and Eric Bellinger led to Dean’s performance at the Spotify House at last year’s SXSW, while his end-of-year “Bermuda Triangle” single with Korean singers Zico and Crush was named the No. 1 Korean song of 2016.