It was only a matter of time until we got an idol group song called “Rock Paper Scissors.” I mean, the game is used to decide everything in the K-pop world. I wouldn’t be surprised if agencies used it to determine comeback dates! And, it’s not shocking that a novelty track like this would come from a group like M.O.N.T. Debuting earlier this year, the trio came and went with music that failed to make any meaningful waves. They could definitely use a memorable comeback.
The good news is that Rock Paper Scissors (가위바위보) is superior to their debut. M.O.N.T are still clearly working within a small budget, but at least the track gives them a chance to show some personality. Its instrumental bounds with a healthy dose of funk guitar and brass. I’ll never say no to this particular style, and Rock has a sense of swaggering continuity to it that feels refreshing in these days of stop/start, tempo-changing song structures. I particularly like the choice of brass sample during the primarily instrumental hook. It’s a different texture than we usually hear in K-pop, and gives the song a shot of unique identity.
The rest of Rock Paper Scissors is pretty slight. It never pushes past “fun” to become something truly interesting. But, I think that’s okay. Its chanted hook is simple and goofy, succeeding only on the strength of the guys’ personalities. I don’t imagine this having any sort of staying power, but at least it gives M.O.N.T a signature sound of sorts. If nothing else, it’s something to build on.
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