2021 continues to be the year of GOT7 solos. I’m surprised how quickly they’ve rolled these out, with four of the seven members releasing new music within the last six months. Main vocal Youngjae has released solo work before, but Colors From Ars is his first mini album and represents his official debut as a soloist. When I think of main vocals of idol groups, my mind immediately goes to ballads. This makes the upbeat Vibin a fun surprise.
The year has been flush with upbeat, groovy tracks. As its title suggests, Vibin fits right in with the pack. But, it also stands out thanks to its glossy pop sheen and sly earworm of a chorus. Right from the start, the instrumental’s chunky bass delivers a sense of fullness that drives the track forward. The production is straightforward but effective. Stabs of guitar add punch to the chorus, accentuating the groove and texture. Rhythm guitar offers a sprightlier guide for the second verse, maintaining a freshness that makes Vibin buoyant and fun.
When it comes to GOT7, I never paid all that much attention to Youngjae. I always considered him a solid but unspectacular vocalist – overshadowed by bigger personalities in his group. But free to stretch his skills, Youngjae makes for an engaging soloist. His performance is loose and uncluttered, and I love his airy tone during the chorus. It helps that Vibin’s melody is as light as a feather, lifting in all the right places and always quick on its feet. This would have made a wonderful addition to K-pop’s summer slate.