Thus far, my favorite woo!ah! song hearkened back to sounds of K-pop generations past and harnessed a sense of melodicism that helped showcase the group’s skills. Their singles haven’t had a consistent sound, but I’m hoping they’ll settle on the fun, retro pop of new single Catch The Stars (별 따러 가자). The song is a refreshing change of pace from most current girl group releases.
Yes, there’s still a bit of that pesky shouting to be found in the contours of Stars‘ melody, but the song is driven by a poppy sense of uplift that makes it difficult to resist. The energy is bright and buoyant all the way through. The track bounds through its exciting guitar-and-synth groove and even finds space for a closing riff that sends things out on a high. This arrangement feels full and intentional in its momentum. It also feels very summery — a sentiment that’s quite welcome at the start of cold, dreary January.
Catch The Stars comes packed with a potent chorus that will rattle around in your brain after just one listen. woo!ah! deliver it well. Their enthusiasm is palpable without becoming overwrought or cheesy. This compliments the efficiency of the hook. They miss an opportunity for a big key change finale, but Catch The Stars isn’t trying to do anything too ambitious. It’s simply a solid pop song without diversion. That may sound like faint praise, but it’s a template that’s become increasingly hard to find in K-pop.