If I’m being honest, I’ve never been blown away by a Victon title track. They strike me as the kind of group that can excel at a variety of concepts, but if I were asked to think of their iconic song or image, I’d come up short. This jack-of-all-trades approach isn’t unique within the idol industry. Still, after Produce X 101 boosted their popularity, I would’ve hoped they’d seek out a signature sound that might set them up well for the long-term. Instead, they’ve produced a variety of moody boy group fare, mostly playing off popular trends.
With this in mind, I think Mayday is their most successful attempt at a darker concept. Yes, there’s a fair amount of trap and needless posturing, but the instrumental has a welcome continuity, hinging on a creeping beat that adds a sinister air to the song. Whether “creeping” or “sinister” is what I’m looking for as we head into summer is another discussion entirely, but at least the track has a clear through line.
Better yet, Mayday hits us with a proper hook that draws upon the group’s vocal blend. There’s something very SM Entertainment about this arrangement – specifically early EXO. It’s a satisfying moment that offers some payoff to the murkier verses. However, I wish that the chorus had been further developed. As Mayday trudges on, it begins to feel unnecessarily repetitive – particularly since its central refrain is an echo of its main instrumental loop. It’s a nice groove, but without much modulation I’m afraid it will grow stale quickly. Still, Mayday has caught my attention – even if only momentarily.
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