It’s no secret how much I adored Sexy Zone’s Run. That song felt like the climax to years of musical growth for the group. And immediately after its release, fans were treated to the announcement of member So Matsushima rejoining the group after a nearly two year hiatus. New single Not Found finds Sexy Zone whole and at the top of their game.
Now, this doesn’t mean that I love Not Found as much as Run. I definitely don’t, and that’s just down to personal taste and the style of songs I tend to prefer. But, it’s hard to deny how successful and polished the track is. As the theme to member Kikuchi’s newest drama, the track has a very cinematic sound, harnessing brassy flourishes to create the kind of drama usually reserved for Bond themes. Despite not being a traditional dance track, Not Found moves at a quick pace. Its verses have a conversational appeal — melodic but taking more of a hip-hop approach when it comes to phrasing.
This sets up Not Found’s chorus, which swells with melodic bombast as the guys sing in unison to create a towering arrangement. It’s a stirring sound, and one that has always suited Sexy Zone well. The track grows even more dynamic as it goes on, with a standout extended rap bridge that capitalizes on Kikuchi’s deep tone. From here, an influx of guitar helps bring Not Found to an exciting conclusion. The track knows how to pull every bit of spectacle from its relatively straightforward frame. This is how you transform a simple pop song into a real show.