T1419 are one of several rookies who have yet to win me over. I’m easily convinced if given a fantastic song or engaging performance, but both Asurabalbalta and Exit felt undercooked. The former hinged upon a noisy soundscape that failed to distinguish T1419 from the boy group pack, while the latter brought greater hip-hop focus but stumbled through a sing-song chorus. New single Flex takes elements from both tracks and attempts to forge them into something greater. It’s successful in fits and starts, but leaves me longing for something more unique.
Flex’s introduction delivers this missing link, unveiling a symphonic opener that instantly catches attention. Unfortunately, these elements only return during the song’s pre-chorus, largely buried within the rest of the production. Flex could have been awesome if given a full orchestral makeover, like an updated version of ToppDogg’s fantastic 2014 single TopDog. Instead, the cool stuff is relegated to the intro and bridge – window dressing for a song that’s otherwise quite generic.
Flex’s prickly synth beat shows promise, clobbering the listener right as it kicks in. Unfortunately, this culminates in a lazy chorus consisting of little more than “na na na” + “flex.” If you’re really flexing, you don’t need to tell us. A killer song will show us how great a group is. We won’t need convincing. Too much of Flex feels desperate to impress, and that sentiment makes it hard to take seriously. It’s a shame, because the song boasts some genuinely interesting moments, overtaken by familiar boy group bluster.