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 wasn’t all that enamored with DAY6’s latest title track, but boy do I love the album. For the first time, the group has leaned into their electronic side in a substantial, sustained way. Tracks like Emergency and 365247 are little marvels, pushing the DAY6 sound in new, exciting directions. But it’s album opener Deep In Love that absolutely blew me away. In fact, I think it’s my new favorite DAY6 song, and one of my favorite overall tracks this year.
If this praise sounds over-the-top, you’ve got to understand where I’m coming from. My earliest musical encounters, when I was still in diapers, happened via MTV, where I was captivated by songs like Europe’s The Final Countdown. Shortly after, I became obsessed with Stan Bush’s wonderfully schlocky The Touch, from the 1986 Transformers soundtrack. This kind of rollicking, bombastic stadium rock is in my blood. Where others hear “guilty pleasure,” I hear adrenaline-building, life-affirming anthems.
In this way, Deep In Love gets everything right. Its verses propel forward with a crackling energy, built on a bouncy bassline, mammoth guitars and joyous synth. The pre-chorus melody is ripped from every excellent 80’s power rocker ever crafted, and leads into a ridiculously grandiose refrain where the guys’ vocals are chorused to high heaven. There’s a palpable sense of swagger to the entire track, which gives DAY6 license to let loose and have a ton of fun. This is especially true during the snarling bridge, which briefly brings the drums up to double time while a guitar solo rips in the background.
Though I’ll post the link, don’t listen to any of this via youtube. Listen to it in your car, or on headphones. Listen to it anywhere that you can really crank up the volume. A song like Deep In Love just doesn’t register the same way if you don’t let its boundless energy envelope you.
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