Longtime readers will not be surprised to hear that I’ve had trouble getting into GOT7’s music these past few years. Ever since they started writing more of their own material, their sound changed in a way that just wasn’t for me. However, their May mini album offered hope. I wasn’t overly enamored by the title track, but the b-sides were quite potent. And now we have You Calling My Name (니가 부르는 나의 이름), which is easily my favorite GOT7 title track in years.
Composed by a quartet of Western songwriters (including Scandinavian pop star Benjamin Ingrosso), the track finds the group in funkier territory than we’re used to. You Calling My Name opens with plenty of atmosphere, placing JB’s vocals over a bed of haunting synths before moving onto a catchy rap segment buttressed by spare vocal adlibs. From here, the song bursts into its rhythmic, staccato chorus – a taste of things to come.
The second verse is a little too rap-heavy for me, but by the time the next chorus materializes — with its fully fleshed out instrumental — I’m sold. The melody here is excellent, recalling a classic JYP sound with modern flare. The addition of rhythm guitar and subtle brass gives the hook needed warmth and power, and the guys offer a restrained performance that perfectly suits the mood. I complain often about 2019-era K-pop tracks collapsing into half-time breakdowns right when they need to fuel momentum, but You Calling My Name knows how to use dynamics to its advantage. It has its slower moments, but they’re portioned out in the right places. The song always feels like it’s moving forward organically, and the end result is very satisfying and refreshingly timeless.
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