In a day of debuts, P1Harmony are here to make themselves known with the powerful Siren. Hailing from FNC Entertainment, the group follows in the footsteps of agency seniors SF9, who have grown into a very successful act in their own right. And though P1Harmony lack a ton of pre-debut hype, they did appear in their own feature film earlier this month (P1H: The Beginning of a New World). That’s certainly an ambitious debut roll-out!
Siren isn’t quite as ambitious, but it quickly cements P1Harmony’s charms. It’s a powerful hip-hop track – almost like an NCT unit release, minus the experimental bent. The beat-heavy production offers a satisfying glimpse at the members’ vocals, which sound quite strong. There are some nice textures among these tones, and although Siren isn’t a melodic powerhouse, it takes advantage of the guys’ skills. In fact, I’d say that the performance itself elevates the song, which is a very promising quality when it comes to a debut track.
As a boy group song, Siren is pretty standard. Its brass-and-bass hip-hop beat doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but remains consistent and enjoyable all the way through. It actually reminds me of Pentagon’s 2016 debut. Some of P1Harmony’s vocal tones are even similar. And though much of Siren’s verses consist of the cast-off, sing-talk phrasing so popular in K-pop, they occasionally spike with moments of vocal power that keep them engaging. The track’s chanted chorus is also well-arranged, layering the group’s vocals to create a great sense of texture. It’s not a particularly idiosyncratic debut, but what Siren does, it does very well.