Korean band Lucy gained prominence through 2019 survival show JTBC SuperBand, resulting in a debut earlier this year. I never wrote about Flowering, though I thought it was a refreshing rock track that took ample advantage of the fact they have a violinist as part of their roster. If I had it my way, Lucy would lean hard into this appeal and make it their calling card. Unfortunately, follow-up track Jogging (조깅) feels much more in line with what you’d expect from a typical Korean indie band.
Jogging places more focus on percussion than ornate violin accents. Strings are still present, of course, but they no longer form the backbone of the song. Instead, Lucy deliver a wispy, jazzy pop track suited for the summer. Its individual pieces are interesting. The sprightly instrumental works up quite a frenzy, rarely pausing for breath. The vocals are strong and impassioned, echoing the frantic energy of the manic synth loop that opens the track. And when the violin gets a chance to shine during the bridge’s breakdown, Jogging comes to life.
However, when all of these elements come together, they kind of cancel each other out. Jogging ends up sounding quite forgettable despite having so much going on. I think the culprit here is melody. Jogging is assured, but never delivers the killer melody that might help it stand out. Instead, much of the song comes across as an extended jam session. It’s easy to appreciate the skill on display, but Jogging never grabs you by the collar and pulls you in.