Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
I’ve seen quite a few people raving about Break The Wall, a b-side on Dreamcatcher’s newest album that sees the girls embracing rock-metal in a more unencumbered way than ever before. And, I get the appeal. But when it comes down to it, I’ve never been much of a metalhead. So while I can appreciate the song’s commitment and skill, you’re more likely to find me nodding my head to EDM banger Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind.
I’m not going to pretend that this track does anything new or noteworthy. It’s as beholden to its chosen genre as Break The Wall is. Given a different set of vocalists, Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind would likely wind up as a faceless trend-follower. Yet, it’s exciting to hear Dreamcatcher try their hand at this style. The girls deliver the song entirely in English, with a confident performance that should have global appeal. The track pairs the group’s usual production duo of LEEZ and Ollounder with solo artist Maddox, and lets them stretch their melodic skills in a more straightforward way than usual.
Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind isn’t going to win any awards for inventive song structure. It’s very Zedd, circa 2013. But, the producers’ choice of synth textures is on point, as always. Right from the start, the instrumental envelops us in a robust electronic tone, which continues to bubble through much of the track as a driving force. The chorus, thankfully, is more than a simple beat drop. It echoes its instrumental break with an equally rousing refrain – simple, but quite effective. However, it’s the song’s majestic instrumental that truly steals the show.