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Song Review: Oh My Girl – Remember Me

After a brief detour into monkey-themed madness with sub-unit Banhana, Oh My Girl have returned as a full group, picking up where they left off with January’s stately Secret Garden. The girls have found their niche with a lushly-produced dream pop style that allows them to indulge their more eccentric musical leanings while delivering the type of robust choruses that characterize the best of girl group K-pop. New single Remember Me (불꽃놀이) takes that blueprint and sends it soaring, even if its disorienting structure confounds expectations.

The hard-hitting electro beat that opens Remember Me is a bit of a shock, and also a red herring. It promises a high-octane dance floor filler with the kind of build/release structure we’ve grown so accustomed to. The truth is, Remember Me is stranger than that. Its off-kilter arrangement constantly keeps you off balance, culminating in a sweeping centerpiece that feels more like a pre-chorus. With the EDM format gaining a stranglehold on modern K-pop, we’re used to a song’s segments being telegraphed way in advance. Oh My Girl play with these expectations, shifting abruptly between disparate styles.

And then there’s that chorus. It doesn’t appear where you think it might, and I can understand how that may feel underwhelming to many. There’s no culminating instrumental drop, or rousing chant. Instead, we get a beautiful — almost symphonic — piece of melody, ascending with a touch that feels both soft and powerful. The subtle addition of strings capitalizes on this refrain’s cinematic nature before the instrumental plunges back into its rough electronic base. It’s quite a contrast, but succeeds in drawing out the song’s diverse strengths. Oh My Girl have gone experimental before, and like last year’s Coloring Book, I won’t be surprised if Remember Me splits opinion. Still, I’d rather a group swing big than settle for the same sounds and structures as everyone else.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.75

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7 thoughts on “Song Review: Oh My Girl – Remember Me

  1. Think they are more successful here with the experimental sound, like a nice upgrade from Coloring Book, which I liked but I can replay Remember Me easier than CB. Twilight on the album is a gem btw.

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    • Twilight is good, but it’s not all that different from all the other deep house inspired tracks of late. I’m starting to get a little tired of the sound.

      Remember Me, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air. It’s delightfully odd.

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      • I can get that, that sound has been tiring, that is true. Maybe it is my bias but what I like more about this track are their voices. Think their voices pair well with the genre. Especially Hyojung’s.

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  2. The only thing that could have made this better would have been a delayed gratification chorus 2, a la Girls’ Day’s Nothing Lasts Forever/Stellar’s Vibrato/Sugardonut’s Imagine Close Your Eyes

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    • That would have been cool. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard something like that, hasn’t it?

      One of my favorite things about Jinyoung’s compositions for B1A4 were those sneaky little post-chorus choruses. It would be nice if that structure worked its way into Oh My Girl’s music, too. In fact, get him to write another track for the girls.

      Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to happen anytime soon given his split with WM.

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