With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2015
Oh My Girl’s 2015 gave a pretty clear indication of where the group’s career would go over the next four years. On one hand, we had the quirky-cute debut Cupid, which slots nicely among later singles like Liar Liar and Coloring Book. But, that was followed by the wistful, lush Closer. Closer offered a more streamlined, mature sound that really set the group apart. My absolute favorite Oh My Girl songs manage to blend these two halves into one (Windy Day and Remember Me), but there’s no denying that Closer remains a high water mark in their discography.
The song captivates from its very first note, as sensuous synth gently sweeps in. The first verse is a slow burn of just-below-the-surface instrumentation that becomes more dense and layered the longer you listen to it. The girls’ vocals echo this effect, giving a subdued performance that emphasizes airy delivery and drawn out phrasing. The chorus grows naturally from the verse, blending seamlessly in a way we don’t hear often in this era of beat drop hooks. But, Closer’s sucker punch hits during the bridge, where most of the instrumentation filters out to focus on a gorgeous, harmony-rich melody. Despite only appearing towards the end of the track, this secondary hook becomes the song’s calling card, putting the perfect bow on top of an already stunning package.