There are few things I enjoy more than a great summertime song. They’re bright, they’re exciting, and they remind me of my favorite time of the year.
There’s no telling what this summer in K-pop will bring, but over the next few weeks I’ll be flashing back each day, showcasing a highlight from past summers. The rules are simple: I fire up my carefully compiled “K-pop summer” playlist, hit ‘shuffle,’ and if the song that pops up hasn’t already been featured on the site, it gets a post and mini-review of its own.
So, get ready for a summer of K-pop on The Bias List!
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Girl’s Day – Darling (2014)
Girl’s Day’s Darling is a refreshingly old-fashioned affair, hearkening back to girl group classics of the past with its carnival-barker intro, brass-kissed instrumental and splashy, sing-along chorus. When it was first released, I dismissed it as a gimmicky little pop trifle, but that sense of novelty has actually given it amazing longevity. Six years later, it remains an evergreen summertime hit. The group’s breathy, Sistar-esque delivery makes it all go down easy, buoyed by the melodic skill of production team Duble Sidekick. It’s not the kind of iconic Girl’s Day moment like Expect and Something, but still stands as an idiosyncratic highlight within their discography.