I don’t know what’s in the water this year, but K-pop has really embraced Halloween. Idol acts often record livestreams or special videos for the holiday, but I can’t remember another year with so much Halloween-themed content. In Pink Fantasy’s case, they’ve themed a whole comeback around it. Tales Of The Unusual (기기괴괴) arrives alongside a super creepy zombie video, but stands on its own as a solid dance track.
This is a pleasant surprise. Pink Fantasy have always had a spooky undertone, but it’s fun to see them go full bore. Tales Of The Unusual is more spook than song, but I absolutely love its slapping beat. These days, pop percussion often opts for skeletal hi-hats. It’s satisfying to hear production that just hits you with full force. Augmented with funky synth, the instrumental is straightforward but immediately addictive. And just to prevent things from becoming too serious, the track injects some cheese male vocals to urge the chorus along.
Melodically, Tales Of The Unusual mines familiar territory. At times, it feels like a taunt or incantation. Familiar idioms make up portions of the verses and there’s a lot of creepy sing-song nonsense (à la any horror movie trailer ever). But in between, we’ve got blasts of sinister rap and lurching hooks that complement the herky-jerky rhythm. The song is probably too much of a novelty to have long-lasting appeal, but this takes me back to the days where silly (awesome) pop songs from groups like T-ara brought zombies into the fold just for fun.