Final time I wrote about ILY:1, I used to be delighted to listen to a fluffy pop music that hearkened again to the lighter aspect of lady group music. Que Sera Sera struggled with execution, however its affect from classics like Apink and Lovelyz provided a welcome counterpoint to the favored “lady crush” pattern. With new single Twinkle Twinkle (별꽃동화), the group has journeyed even farther on this route. They’ve teamed up with Oh My Woman’s outdated manufacturing crew for a music that appears like a 2023 model of 2018’s Secret Backyard.
I’m not complaining. It is a sound I are inclined to take pleasure in and it’s turning into more durable to search out in Ok-pop. From its opening synths, Twinkle Twinkle performs like a wanted salve. It has that comfortable, barely majestic sound that characterised a lot of Lovelyz’s discography – a excessive water mark certainly. Like Que Sera Sera, the monitor suffers a bit from its execution. The vocals aren’t at all times delivered or blended completely and that stands out in a clean manufacturing like this. To place it bluntly, you may inform whenever you’re getting a knockoff model of a reputation model product.
Nonetheless, I’m completely happy to go alongside on Twinkle’s experience. Its melodies wash over with a relaxing impact, unveiling slowly and punctiliously earlier than bursting right into a refrain that harnesses a extra propulsive beat. It is a traditional Oh My Woman trick and nonetheless pays dividends, particularly when paired with a crystalline mix of synths and a hook that feels ripped straight from a fairytale. Although the music isn’t good (that vocal ad-lib within the verses is means too loud), that is simply ILY:1’s strongest title monitor but.
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