In Japan, massive idol group collectives tend to be concentrated on female performance units, usually ending in a “46” or “48.” But, Voyz Entertainment has thrown their hat in the ring with their 44-member Voyz Boy. The group is split into four color-coated units, though the music video shared here spotlights twelve members pulled from multiple units. And you thought NCT was confusing?
After making their cd debut last year, Voyz Boy is back with a double a-side including Galaxy and Re-Write. I find the contrast between these two songs interesting, as I think it exemplifies the push and pull going on in male (non-Johnny’s) idol groups right now in Japan. Many are opting for a more internationally-friendly “K-pop” style, while others are burrowing further down traditional J-pop routes. In this case, I’d say that Galaxy is the more K-pop inspired song of the two. Because of this, it comes across as more generic. But, it’s also more streamlined and instant.
I like both songs equally, and for different reasons. But, Galaxy boasts the stronger earworm. Its percolating electro beat will sound familiar to any current K-pop fan. In fact, the song feels like it came right off the Produce 101 assembly line. But, it’s a great example of this style. I love the pulse of the verses, which are only interrupted once by an unnecessary, tempo-killing breakdown halfway through the track. But for me, the standout here is the chorus. On first listen, it feels simple and familiar. Yet, the insistent phrasing gives it a character all its own, and melds well with the catchy synth riff. From what I can tell, Voyz Boy hasn’t garnered much attention in the idol world thus far. With any luck, Galaxy should serve as a step in the right direction.