Pop music and running go hand in hand, and when I think about many of my favorite songs, they have that sense of propulsion that could be visualized by running (or driving) full steam along an open road. Perhaps it wasn’t surprising, then, that my favorite song of 2020 happened to be called “Run.” Now, we’ve got another take on the word, courtesy of CLC’s Sorn.
Hailing from Thailand, Sorn is fluent in English and has chosen to perform her solo debut in this language. It seems like this is becoming a more prevalent trend, as idols attempt to capitalize on K-pop’s ever-expanding global popularity. As with any aspect of a track, it doesn’t necessarily bother me as long as the song is good. However, I think Run would have been a snooze in any language.
Similar to Rose’s On The Ground a week or so ago, Run just comes across as beige. I feel like there’s glut of this toothless pop style in Western markets, and it’s certainly not what I’d hope for when it comes to K-pop idols. There isn’t anything about Run that’s unpleasant or unpolished, but nothing sticks out either. The acoustic-meets-pop sound is pleasant, but lacks heft. And at just under three minutes, the song doesn’t linger long enough to build toward anything momentous or dynamic. Sometimes I’m tempted to call this kind of music “diary pop.” It feels like it’s meaningful to the artist, which is important. But, its wistful sentiments are largely lost on me.