As usual, TXT are bolstering their latest album campaign with multiple promotional releases. And also as usual, they’re not choosing the follow-up singles I wish they would. Songs like Blue Orangeade, New Rules and Drama all missed the chance to become excellent singles in Korea, and now I’m afraid that Ghosting and Wishlist will suffer the same fate. Thankfully, We Lost The Summer (날씨를 잃어버렸어) is a lot stronger than June’s promotional choice Puma.
Pop music around the world has begun to tackle the COVID pandemic in its lyrics, and I’m not crazy about this choice. I’m a huge proponent of pop music reflecting the reality of our world, but I also turn to it for escapism. And quite frankly, this pandemic has been pretty traumatic for everyone. It feels a little too soon for pop music to be waxing poetic about its effects.
Fortunately, We Lost The Summer also functions as your typical pop love song. And delivered by TXT, there’s no chance of it becoming overly morose. In contrast to its title, the track harnesses a summery groove – tropical without being too trendy. The first time I heard it, I enjoyed the percolating instrumental but was otherwise unimpressed. Yet, Summer’s insistent hooks quickly worked their way into my brain. This isn’t a bombastic, big-chorused pop track. But, its melodic structure is remarkably consistent. It has a slinky, shuffling appeal that never stretches too far in any direction. Instead, the guys effortlessly ride the groove, weaving this way and that with an addictive insistence. I’m not sure it makes for a slam dunk of a single, but this is still a satisfying sample of a more subdued TXT sound.