Review

Buried Treasure: LOONA Odd Eye Circle – Loonatic

Most of the time, a kpop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-side tracks deserve recognition, too. In the singles-oriented world of kpop, I wanted to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.

LOONA have not even officially debuted yet, and already their sub-unit is making a play on their name with the ridiculously (or awesomely?) titled Loonatic. As this LOONA universe gets more complicated and self-generating, it’s a sigh of relief that the music is also getting better and better. Loonatic is the best b-side yet from any sub-unit or solo related to the project, and even more noteworthy than the title track that precedes it.

This is going to be a slightly obscure, non-k-pop comparison, but Loonatic‘s effects-rich propulsion reminds me of production team Xenomania’s work with U.K. girl group Girls Aloud. The track pulls off the same difficult trick of marrying sonic experimentation with in-your-face pop immediacy. Loonatic‘s oft-repeated hook is catchy from the get-go, but it’s couched in such an odd production filter that the whole thing feels like some sort of quirky art-house undertaking. The vocals are heavy on the reverb, softening the performances while simultaneously giving the production a richness that melds the ethereal with the streamlined. That the entire thing’s driven by a surge of disco-punk guitars only adds to Loonatic‘s off-kilter appeal. It sounds nothing like what we’re used to from Korea’s girl groups, but then again it doesn’t really sound like anything within the current pop landscape — Korean or otherwise. If LOONA really want to make a name for themselves, this is the kind of adventurous track they should be promoting.

 Hooks  9
 Production  9
 Longevity 8
 Bias  9
 RATING  8.75


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5 thoughts on “Buried Treasure: LOONA Odd Eye Circle – Loonatic

    • Nah I’ve seen plenty of people talking about this song as well. Chaotic is great as well but this one is incredibly unique and I’ve seen a lot of back-and-forth between those who like the quirky production choices on it and those who don’t.

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  1. The name is Loonatic because that’s how Loona’s intl fans are calling themselves and that is supossed to be a fan-song that said that’s the greatest fan-song i’ve heard even tho they don’t have much competition

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