Boy group MY.st debuted last spring, during the height of global lockdown protocols. To be honest, I can’t even remember the song, which tells you all you need to know about its impact. But, I’m always one for second (and third, and fourth…) chances, and when I saw that new single Dazzle (별이 쏟아진다) would be tackling the house genre, my interest was piqued.
House seems to be a sound that will never die in K-pop. Ever since SHINee reinvigorated interest in 2015, boy groups have dabbled within its framework. Just today, DRIPPIN offered their take on house music, and Dazzle fits neatly beside that track. For lesser-known rookies like MY.st, that should be considered a win.
To be clear, Dazzle offers very little that we haven’t heard a million times before, but it’s a solid example of this genre’s charms. After an atmospheric opener, the beat kicks in and the track becomes nimble and sprightly and all those other adjectives I frequently use to describe this kind of percussion. Tropical synths glide over the top, giving the track a familiar tone. The second verse falls out of gear for the expected breakdown, and takes too long to recover its pace. But, the chorus has teeth – as bare-boned as it may be. It plays as a simple call and response hook, yet the texture of the vocals give it a satisfying sound. I’m not sure how MY.st could have set Dazzle apart from the pack, but some audacious twist (and no, I’m not looking at you, House Party trap breakdown) would have given this greater character. Rookies should be bold, after all!