When I first started blogging – gosh, over fifteen years ago at this point – K-pop wasn’t even on my radar. Instead, I was enamored with this small movement of Swedish synth-rock groups. It’s a sound I’ve always had a strong pull towards, so when a Korean act dips their feet into the genre it’s like a match made in heaven. And that’s why I’ve chosen to write about 2Z’s Stupid today.
2Z debuted at the start of 2020, and have been a pretty steady presence on music shows since then. But, I feel like their name is unknown to most. This is a shame, because they’ve got a ton of potential. Stupid is one of two title tracks from their first full album – which largely compiles their work up to this point. O@SIS is also worth checking out, but like I said I have a penchant for the breezy synth-kissed rock that fuels Stupid.
This is not a complex song, but it benefits from its uncluttered nature. The hooks are simple and sharp, underlined by a driving rock beat and brushes of 80’s synth textures (and sax!). I just adore the instrumental. It surges in all the right moments, giving the track a sense of buoyancy that makes it perfect for the upcoming spring and summer. Similarly, Stupid’s melody wastes no time. Both the verses and chorus are stuffed with catchy turns, and even though the song might become a bit repetitive, it’s too good-natured to wear out its welcome. I never thought I’d be singing “I’m stupid, I’m… I’m… I’m stupid” with such a gleeful smile on my face, but here we are!