Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
I struggled to decide whether to label this a “buried treasure” or simply a normal song review. Dreaming You (상상 속의 너) was technically released as a digital single, paired with one of those charming (but basic) behind-the-scenes videos usually relegated to fan songs. I doubt many people even know it exists. Still, I think it’s my favorite song that K-pop has delivered in the last two weeks.
Dongkiz won me over in July with their Ghostbusters-sampling BlockBuster. That track hasn’t had quite the staying power I would’ve hoped for (VERIVERY’s Tag Tag Tag would reign at the top of my revised July round-up), but I still find it absolutely charming. If you haven’t watched one of their live music show performances, do yourself a favor and head to youtube. Their ghost mascot is stupidly hilarious.
Now comes Dreaming You, which puts a nice cap on the group’s 2019 promotions thus far. There’s nothing inventive or unique about the song, but this is the kind of buoyant, old-school pop music that I just love. I love the instrumental’s bright, fizzy synths and rhythm guitar. I love the soft harmonies and bright ad-libs during the pre-chorus. And most of all, I love the punchy, brass-kissed hook. Dreaming You may not make strong waves with many fans. Even fewer will likely remember it by the time we reach the end of the year. But for now, it’s the perfect tonic to inject some life into this extended K-pop lull.
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