Typically a tune’s first few seconds inform you all you might want to know. X:IN’s Maintaining The Fireplace opens with a limp brass loop — a method popularized by songs like BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love. Of Ok-pop’s many tropes, that is certainly one of my least favorites and virtually ensures a observe can be anchored by some obnoxious beat-drop hook.
Maintaining The Fireplace bears this out. From its titular catchphrase to the uninspired instrumental, it’s an particularly hole iteration of this method. So far as hooks go, the “conserving the fireplace” chant has as oddly dejected vitality. It’s as if the women don’t even consider it themselves. Elsewhere, we now have a extremely affected rap verse and BLACKPINK-lite melody that by no means goes wherever. I want X:IN one of the best, however they want a lot stronger materials to carve a reputation for themselves.