As a K-pop fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in imagined futures. That’s why I always try to urge myself to temper expectations, because as soon as I hear news of a comeback I picture what it could be – what I want it to be. And since I have no telepathic line to the K-pop industry, the end result is not usually what I’d painted in my mind.
Such is the case with DAY6’s first sub-unit, Even Of Day. Comprised of members Young K (bass), Wonpil (keyboard) and Dowoon (drums), I expected Where The Sea Sleeps (파도가 끝나는 곳까지) to sound something like the brilliant new wave of last year’s Emergency. After all, the guys said that synth would play a bigger role in this project’s music. But alas, Where The Sea Sleeps sounds just like a typical DAY6 ballad, and not one of their better ones.
Now, a DAY6 ballad is nothing to scoff at. They’ve got a ton of great ones in their arsenal. And, Where The Sea Sleeps is solid. It does incorporate more synth textures than usual, helping to craft a hazy, dreamlike atmosphere. However, the track never really takes off. It’s melody is comprised largely of drawn out notes, rendering the entire song a slow-burn even as resounding percussion keeps things on course. The arrangement briefly shifts during the bridge, bringing in added rhythm that culminates in a brilliant flourish of vocals. But musically – and I hate to say this – Where The Sea Sleeps is mostly just a bore.