With Starry Night, Momoland has released one of those K-pop “special albums.” This always makes me crack up because “special” should mean something exciting. In the case of idol releases, it just means: “we ain’t promoting this.” That’s too bad, because although Starry Night is a mediocre pop song, it offers a refreshing departure from the endless Bboom Bboom retreads Momoland have been dishing out over the past few years.
Starry Night gets a certain summer sound exactly right. I love the hazy, retro synths and soft backbeat. Coupled with a sneaky dose of rhythm guitar and dripping with layers of delicate strings, the track is like a fizzy gulp of soda. It goes down easy, for sure. I just wish Momoland did more with it. The actual songwriting is pretty one-note, with a repetitive chorus that lacks imagination. It’s propped up nicely by that fantastic instrumental, but the song never climbs to greater heights. The music video – such as it is – features the girls sitting on some crates and (mostly) engaging with the camera. And really, Starry Night is a song made for sitting on crates. It may elicit a sway. It certainly won’t make you break a sweat.
Still, in an era where K-pop automatically equates “summer” with “tropical,” it’s comforting to hear a song in this style – as unambitious as it may be. It may come off as faceless, but its amiable shimmer hearkens back to a simpler time in the industry. In short, I can objectively hear that Starry Night is nothing special. Yet, I feel I’ll be coming back to it occasionally over the next few months.
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