BDC’s “Moon” series continues to bear fruit, as the group puts an epilogue to the trilogy with digital single Moon Walker. I get a little annoyed when K-pop acts trot out songs with this title because:
a) They never sound like Michael Jackson
b) There’s rarely any actual moon walking
Thankfully, BDC manage to hit one of these marks, pulling off the iconic dance move during Moon Walker’s chorus. But, the song could do with a healthy dose of that insanely funky MJ style.
Putting its title aside, Moon Walker is a fitting finale to an excellent series. Its execution is classic K-pop, which brings strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side, BDC sound great. I love the way their vocals are layered during the chorus. It’s very reminiscent of early VIXX – a distinct sound that really resonates. At its best, Moon Walker plays off this sense of drama. Its pre-chorus is pure theatrics, driven by heavy thuds of percussion that raise the energy as we move into the beat drop chorus. The instrumental here is addictive and exciting, even if it feels overly familiar. A more developed melody would have elevated this segment, but it still works.
My biggest gripe with Moon Walker mirrors issues I have with a lot of idol tracks. The song is a fitful beast, refusing to find one killer groove and settle in. I’m so tired of slow, ponderous verses that hold back the good stuff until we reach the chorus. Why not use Moon Walker’s central dance loop as the basis for a song that thrives all the way through? Why does it have to yank back the energy every time we hit a verse? Luckily, the track’s strengths more than compensate for its shortcomings, making this a very enjoyable effort overall.