DAY6 sub-unit Even Of Day debuted late last summer, releasing a much more interesting mini album than its title track suggested. With Where The Sea Sleeps, I wondering why Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon didn’t distinguish their own music from DAY6’s core sound. That confusion continues with new single Right Through Me (뚫고 지나가요). I mean, why even create a sub-unit if you’re going to perform the same music your main group would?
More worryingly, Right Through Me is dull. DAY6 have crafted their fair share of K-pop classics – many of them b-sides. But, their 2021 has been marked by music that feels as if the guys are stuck on autopilot. They retain their sentiment and mood, but the songs lack the memorable moments that characterize their best work.
As a song about rejection, it’s unfair to expect Right Through Me to bound along a sprightly, upbeat rhythm. But, its laidback groove exists at a murky midpoint – too fast to harness the power of a ballad, but too reserved to dance to. The chorus has a nice sense of lift, but the melody and instrumental feel undercooked. Both come across as ingredients for a satisfying (albeit forgettable) b-side. As a title track, not much about Right Through Me captures my attention. And without a defined climax, the song simply passes by. Even Of Day’s high level of talent and natural personality make this a cut above standard idol rock fare, but I hope the guys take some time to re-energize and spark new inspiration.