One advantage of being a self-produced band is that you can release new music whenever you like. Irrelevant Answer (동문서답) is a special surprise single from Lucy, released alongside a lo-fi music video that focuses on the group’s performance. Without the gloss of a full-fledged comeback, the song feels more extraneous than essential. But, more Lucy material is always welcome.
Irrelevant Answer opens with its mammoth riff: a swirl of violin, guitar and percussion. Right off the bat, this is one of the most aggressive sounds we’ve heard from the band. It captures the energy of a jam session, at odds with the electronic touches that peppered the bulk of their (excellent) Gatcha album. Beyond this signature riff, the rest of the track isn’t quite as memorable as Lucy’s best work. The melodies are hard to parse, mainly serving to drive the energy forward rather than stand on their own. For a song of this style, I think the approach works just fine. But, a stronger vocal hook would have catapulted Irrelevant Answer to another level.
With that said, Lucy have quickly proven themselves a band to be reckoned with. Their ingredients are so perfect that any combination is bound to end up tasty. Irrelevant Answer may land on the lower end of their discography, but they attack the song with relish. Lead vocal Sangyeop is as fierce and dynamic as always, imbuing the track with climaxes where you least expect them. And as usual, Yechan’s violin becomes a central force within the musical brew – not just some pretty, inconsequential ornamentation.