Since going solo, Hyolyn has confirmed herself adept at a wide range of genres. Nostalgia will at all times lure me towards her upbeat, Sistar-esque summer time pop, however her R&B-influenced work has additionally been nice. Nothing fairly beats 2018’s Dally on this regard, however new single Layin’ Low definitely places up a battle.
In the case of Hyolyn, vocals are at all times entrance and heart. She stays one of many trade’s most beguiling performers, capable of captivate with the slightest nuance. Layin’ Low is aware of find out how to harness this energy, providing loads of house to riff and tug on the primary melody line. The tune is able to pounce proper from the beginning, but pulls again to supply most rigidity. The easy pre-chorus is a superb instance of this method. It doesn’t construct to cathartic ranges, however compels with a droning high quality that guarantees eventual launch.
This payoff arrives throughout the refrain, which merges a easy hook with Hyolyn’s partaking efficiency. The synths echo her vocals, crafting a sound that’s directly sensual and somewhat threatening. Fellow soloist Jooyoung takes over verse two and provides contrasting power with phrasing that feels extra brusque and blunt. However, Layin’ Low stays Hyolyn’s present even when she’s not current. She wrings each alternative from the observe, elevating a simple association. Layin’ Low doesn’t really feel as iconic as a few of her previous work, but it surely’s satisfying to look at an artist thrive inside their ingredient. As a lot because the tune’s vocals roar, the efficiency is pushed by a quiet form of confidence solely earned although time and expertise.