The 80’s electro K-pop trend is in full swing, and long may it reign!
Up to this point, I’ve enjoyed most Everglow singles, but never found one that really struck a chord with me. February’s Dun Dun offered a glimpse of potential, showcasing a refreshing fierceness. But, new single La Di Da blows that wide open. Yes, it happens to draw from one of my favorite musical genres, but the song itself is also incredibly strong.
If you’re going to aim for “cinematic 80’s synth,” you might as well make it as towering and majestic as possible. Right from the start, La Di Da hits hard. After a warped vocal intro, the instrumental sweeps in with force, unveiling a monstrous synth loop that becomes just as integral to the track as the girls themselves. This impressive production frames an exciting verse, where Everglow essentially duet with that synth line. La Di Da’s pre-chorus removes some of the bombast, but succeeds in crafting an atmospheric segue that further cements the song’s evocative style. I could complain about the constant self-referencing of the group’s name, but in the context of a song this great it doesn’t even bother me.
As K-pop begins to rediscover the beauty of a good chorus, tracks like La Di Da really elevate. The hook here is a thing of beauty, unfurling two potent refrains. They’re different but complimentary, and pair together to create an irresistible centerpiece that sends the song soaring. Additional production flourishes (filtered guitar, a neat synth breakdown) ensures that La Di Da remains dynamic until the end. This is the sound of Everglow reaching a peak I never knew they had in them, and quite possibly the best girl group song of the year.