The mysterious artiness surrounding OnlyOneOf can be a bit exhausting. I tend to enjoy their music most when it goes for the pop jugular, marrying an addictive hook to the group’s cool image. New single libidO isn’t exactly ‘straightforward,’ but it feels like the best blend of OnyOneOf’s experimental and commercial sides. Coupled with an eyebrow-raising music video, the song itself is cut from the same cloth as Stray Kid’s daring Side Effects.
Now, I don’t think libidO is quite as “out there” as Side Effects. It conforms to most of pop music’s expectations. But, its blend of percussive elements and warped melodies is quite ear-catching. The instrumental is incredibly funky, propelled by a gurgling bass that transforms into an industrial beat as we enter the chorus. It’s strong and menacing, but not in the generic way peddled by so many boy groups. Even when the song pulls back for an airy bridge, it retains a level of intensity that keeps the momentum going.
libidO’s strongest hook first appears during its pre-chorus – a breathy exclamation that skirts the line between torment and ecstasy. This refrain repeats during the chorus, cutting through layers of competing vocal riffs. I’m actually surprised how well the chorus works. It’s certainly not traditional, forgoing an easy melody for a more sinister structure. I love the vocal effects here, which play with pitching to craft an otherworldly texture. It’s a sound you could get lost in, but it never overplays its hand. libidO is a track stuffed full of great moments, forged together to craft a real knockout comeback.