Over a year since they celebrated their decade in K-pop with Over 10 Years, Korean pop band FTISLAND returned Thursday (July 26) with the release of the EP What If, fronted by the seasonal “Summer Night’s Dream.”
A fun, feel good track to jam to in the summer, FTISLAND’s latest is a playful pop-rock song that mixes a reggae-influenced beat, a rap breakdown, and woozy synths with the band’s typical rock leanings. It’s a more light-hearted melody than much of the band’s recent output, a return to the group’s brighter side after last year’s power ballad “Wind” and 2016’s gritty, anthemic “Take Me Now.”
“Summer Night’s Dream” was released through a playful music video that begins with the chorus performed by bassist Lee Jae-jin and guitarist Choi Jong-hoon as Lee Hong-gi sings and then turns into a whimsical, will-they-won’t-they adventure with Hong-gi chasing after the object of his affection as the band performs. The clip ends with the band performing in front of the object of his affection, but as the credits role, the situation reveals itself to all have been a dream with each variant of Hong-gi waking up in shock on the lap of his lover and dressed in a bunny suit while partying it up with his bandmembers.
“Summer Night’s Dream” fronts FTISLAND’s What If EP, their first new Korean music since last June’s Over 10 Years, and April’s Japanese album Planet Bonds. The first prominent idol K-pop band, FTISLAND saw hit after hit in the early years of their career. The group most recently charted on the World Albums chart at No. 5 with Where’s The Truth in 2016.
Watch the music video for “Summer Night’s Dream” here: