BDC’s Intersection trilogy may have flown under the radar for many casual fans, but it’s been an exciting, cohesive project with far more focus than most idol group album series. Its spacey synth sound was largely relegated to the guys’ title tracks, and this feels like a missed opportunity. But, the run of Shoot The Moon, Moon Rider and Moonlight is solid as a rock.
For me, March’s Moon Rider remains the pinnacle of this project. However, Moonlight gives it a run for its money. BDC’s producers continue their use of icy synth textures, giving the track a left-of-center appeal. It’s nice to hear different sounds within the K-pop boy group landscape, and Moonlight’s electronic backbone makes an effective compliment to the guy’s light, refreshing vocals. The song sets its scene immediately, opening with a few spacey synth pads that give the track an ephemeral quality. From here, the beat kicks in and Moonlight gains focus and drive.
After a restrained pre-chorus, the song’s full instrumental reveals itself during the chorus. It’s a gorgeous blend of elements, delivering a full-bodied sound with impact and dimension. The melody isn’t groundbreaking, but its surging structure matches the energy supplied by those twinkling synths. And like Moon Rider, Moonlight nails the transition into its second verse. A psychedelic flourish of electronic elements feels like K-pop’s answer to early-80’s E.L.O (a comparison I never thought I’d make!). Then, we land back into that chugging groove as a melodic rap verse pulls us forward. It’s all very satisfying, without the kind of jarring sonic diversions that often upend tracks of this nature.