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


8 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.


  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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