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.
P1Harmony continue to stretch their hip-hop sound on new mini album Disharmony: Find Out. Unsurprisingly, my favorite track happens to be the most energetic and bombastic. Over the past year or two, I’ve been waxing nostalgic over the big festival EDM sounds of the early 2010’s. Global pop music is coming out of a very subdued, minimalist stage (likely a direct reaction to that early-10’s style!) and I’m itching for faster, more overwhelming energy.
Follow Me is pretty generic, but it fulfills that desire for larger-than-life intensity. The song kicks off with a galvanizing force and never lets up – a rarity for K-pop boy groups these days. The beat has an industrial drive, giving P1Harmony plenty to chew on. When much of the instrumental pulls away for the pre-chorus, the group is given a chance to showcase a brief bed of harmonies. This relatively empty space is short lived, as Follow Me soon bursts into an explosive hook.
This chorus is par-for-the-course when it comes to EDM anthems, mainly consisting of excited “whoa-oh-oh’s.” With this in mind, it’s hard to give Follow Me an effusive, over-the-moon rating. But, I can confidently say I’ll be playing this track quite often (especially during workouts). There’s something about this kind of energy that transforms a simple series of hooks into an invigorating call to arms. I’d love to see P1Harmony tackle this style of song for proper comeback promotions.