Since releasing last November’s mega-hit Hip, Mamamoo have taken a well-deserved break. But, that doesn’t mean the girls haven’t been busy. February saw Moonbyul release the solid Eclipse, Hwasa dueted with label-mates ONEWE earlier this month, and now leader Solar has unveiled a new solo single – her first to eschew typical balladry for something more adventurous. Spit It Out (뱉어) isn’t what you’d immediately expect to hear from Solar, and that gap adds to its charm.
In many ways, Spit It Out feels like a direct successor to Hip. It pulses on a similar footfall of percussion, though I think the instrumental is even stronger this time around. In a K-pop world of lurching trap and future bass diversions, there’s something very refreshing about Spit It Out’s straightforwardness. The track sets up an addictive rhythm right from the start and never really strays from it – layering elements on top rather than upending the entire structure.
This proves to be fertile ground for Solar, who offers a charismatic performance that’s much more nimble and breathy than anticipated. Honestly, you could’ve told me that this was a Hwasa single and I would’ve believed you. I’m heartened to know that Solar was a partner in Spit It Out’s composition. She was able to imbue the song with her own spirit, and that sense of identity helps immensely. Melodically, the song mostly circles around the same hook, with verses that compliment the chorus without standing out much on their own. But, the entire package is consistently compelling. Things begin to sputter a bit during an extended, repetitive bridge, but Spit It Out knows not to wear out its welcome. At just over three minutes, it’s a breezy, attitude-fueled dance track that goes down easy.
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