Though I never featured it as a “buried treasure” last year, I was really impressed by WOODZ’s album track Trigger. It built toward a stomping, bluesy climax bolstered by guitar. I mention this because new single Feel Like comes across as a natural extension of that song. This time, the entire track is driven by bluesy guitar.
I find WOODZ to be quite a compelling character. His willingness to cross genres reminds me of G-Dragon, and that’s meant as high praise. I also love his vocal color. He has a chameleon-like appeal, but his voice always carries a great amount of texture. With that said, I wish Feel Like had been fleshed out to feel more complete. I think it’s a great comeback, but could have been absolutely outstanding if given a proper chorus.
Instead, the song revolves around a series of blazing guitar solos, taking the place of the beat drops that often clutter our post-EDM world. That leaves the verses to do the heavy lifting when it comes to melody. They offer a stomping groove, while WOODZ’s vocals slide effortlessly over the top. He delivers a satisfying blend of rap and singing, skirting between both worlds with ease. Feel Like’s pre-chorus kicks up the drama, layering wisps of backing vocals over an aggressive instrumental build. This drops into that aforementioned guitar solo, infusing an element we rarely hear in mainstream K-pop. I’d love for WOODZ to make these guitar textures part of his calling card. Not only is it incredibly dynamic, but no one else is harnessing this style right now.