Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Though OST releases frequently play it safe when it comes to the actual music, they can offer an interesting new lens to see an idol group through. Often, they pair the artist with a different set of producers than normal. And in the case of TXT, new song Your Light frees them from the shackles of Big Hit’s aggressive vocal processing. The song isn’t particularly revelatory, but it offers a chance to hear their voices – mostly unencumbered.
I’m not sure I’ll ever love a TXT song as much as Crown. But thankfully, Your Light hearkens back to the same light pop era. It’s a driving synth dance track with a great chorus. That might sound like faint praise, but this description isn’t exactly easy to find in K-pop nowadays. Rather than TXT, Your Light reminds me of 2016-17 Astro, when they were at the peak of their bubblegum pop phase. It’s generic enough to befit a K-drama, but sparks with buoyant energy that feels utterly refreshing.
Your Light’s bright synth riff quickly gives way to a percolating groove. The verses aren’t particularly memorable, but the track does a nice job building to an ultra-satisfying hook. The melody here isn’t transcendent either, yet the exciting instrumental gives it momentum that continues through the rest of the song. It’s amazing what a clear, uncluttered instrumental can do for a track! I’d be pretty thrilled if TXT used this general sound as a template for their next comeback.