I never reviewed Pink Fantasy’s 2018 debut, but I was definitely aware of the group. They’re hard to miss, as one of their members is obscured by a horror-show bunny mask that will apparently remain affixed to this “mystery performer” until Pink Fantasy reaches the number one spot on Billboard. So in other words, this poor girl will likely be a bunny forever.
This comment isn’t meant to be glib, but K-pop’s competitive reality doesn’t favor a breakout for a group like this. Pink Fantasy aren’t from a large agency, and their off-kilter aesthetic doesn’t play to the industry’s preferences. I’ll always respect any group who attempts something new, but this whole bunny stunt may only work against them in the long run. However, bunny or no bunny, it’s the quality of the music that really matters. Debut Iriwa was intriguing but low-budget. New single Fantasy offers higher quality all around. The song also does a convincing job positioning the group as a lighter, more symphonic answer to Dreamcatcher.
Opening with an extended piano-and-strings intro, Fantasy builds toward a dramatic verse. The melody here feels like early GFriend, bolstered by the kind of theatrical production we rarely hear in girl group tracks these days. The orchestral touches are vital to the song’s success, giving Fantasy needed weight. The pre-chorus brings in a surge of rock guitar, which reappears later for a standout instrumental break. The girls deliver a solid performance throughout, though their vocals lack the character that more established groups could bring to a track like this. Still, Fantasy is trussed up with such a bombastic arrangement that it’s hard not to be drawn into its cinematic charms. I think we need a bunny-themed rock opera next.
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