A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Listening to Pixy’s new album, I feel like I finally understand the appeal of the group. Title track Addicted might actually be the weakest of the four songs, with Bewitched and Moonlight offering very interesting sounds.
The first time I heard Bewitched, I was instantly drawn in. If you’re going to go for a spooky, dark pop sound, this is the way to do it! The track casts an addictive spell, twisting and turning in unexpected ways but never forgetting the strong hook at its core. I’ve been critical of the melodies in Pixy’s title tracks thus far, and in some ways Bewitched isn’t all that different. But, the throbbing nature of its hook works much better within this electronic soundscape than the bombastic percussion favored by past songs.
Bewitched‘s production is an atmospheric wonder. When it kicks off, it seems we’re in for a familiar, lurching sound. But, we soon launch into a far more propulsive electronic beat. Momentum builds until the song cracks open, offering a horror show burst of vocal distortion that sounds like a K-pop exorcism. From here, Bewitched makes no missteps. The pulsing beat that underlines the chorus is fantastic, and sticks around for the second verse as well. Spikes of rhythm guitar add surprising funk to the arrangement, but it’s not too long before we’re plunged back into the dull throb that characterizes most of the song. Bewitched even makes room for a wonderfully distorted bridge and additional refrain to close out the track. If the girls continue to experiment in this way, I may have to jump on the Pixy bandwagon!