Most of the time, a kpop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition, too. In the singles-oriented world of kpop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
It’s been weeks since I’ve written one of these buried treasure posts, and that just goes to show you how barren March was when it came to albums in general. Singles are all well and good, but part of the fun in listening to music is finding those hidden gems that might not be promoted as strongly. Teen Top‘s newest album is mostly composed of the kind of mid-tempo r&b the guys have been giving us for the past few years. But alongside the excellent Love Is, the group has given us one other Brave Brothers-produced dance track.
Call Me isn’t quite as strong as Love when it comes to melody, but the song unleashes one of the most addictive synth refrains we’ve heard in some time. Seriously, that otherworldy electro squiggle that takes over from fifteen seconds in is the kind of thing I live for. I can’t even put my finger on what makes it so addicting, but its unique blend of icy and effervescent sticks out immediately, carrying a massive wave of nostalgia. Without this instrumental touch, Call Me might have been just another generic club song — solid, but uninspired. Its chorus doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but its propulsive nature goes down easy. I wish the pre-chorus didn’t drop the tempo so drastically, but it’s brief enough that the melody rebounds without losing too much momentum. Now, if the guys had only delivered an entire album’s worth of songs in this style, I’d be absolutely over the moon.