It’s a rare treat to hear new material from IMFACT, but it seems we’ll have to wait even longer for a full group comeback. In the meantime, main vocal Taeho has made his solo debut. GGOMA (꼬마) is a duet with singer-songwriter Choi Ye Geum, and finds him tackling an unexpected sound. From its unusual time signature to its jazzy instrumental, GGOMA certainly makes an impact.
While this might not be a genre I’m generally inclined toward, I can appreciate the song’s polish and energy. It bounds out of the gate immediately, galloping forward on a slick blend of keys and percussion. The production is brisk and exciting, built upon a catchy loop but twisting and turning in ways that give it life and personality. The tempo remains high throughout, even as most of the instrumentation pulls away during the second verse. Idol groups, take note: this is how to craft a dynamic instrumental without sacrificing momentum.
Taeho’s higher-toned vocal works well with this style, though I think he was smart to enlist Ye Geum as a duet partner. His vocals are so distinct, and a little goes a long way. She enters at just the right moment, joining Taeho for a chorus and a bit of scat singing during the finale. This blend of vocals gives GGOMA one last shot of firepower, ensuring the track never gets boring. Kudos to Taeho for going full-out on his own, unveiling a distinct and charming sound completely different than that of his group.