It’s ‘Golden Child comeback’ time again, which means a track-by-track review of their new mini album, Aura! Check back each day of the week as I make my way through the five new songs.
Knocking On My Door
Apparently, this song has been kicking around the Woollim vaults for awhile now. This makes me question why it wasn’t already chosen as a single, because it’s certainly strong enough to be one! Of course, I could say that about most of the songs on this album.
One of the things I covet most about Golden Child is their strong roster of vocalists, and it’s satisfying when their material takes advantage of this. Knocking On My Door is an upbeat pop track in the vein of many K-pop releases, but one that thrives on vocal inflection and power. It has an incredibly optimistic, healing quality, fueled by bright synth tones and anthemic melody lines. It borrows slightly from our current synthwave trend, yet feels much more timeless in execution. This warmth makes a nice contrast to the prickly, confrontational Replay.
I adore the arrangement of this track. It blooms as it goes, snowballing as more elements are added. This keeps the flow dynamic and interesting. We’re always building toward something fresh. it’s like a wide-open journey to adventure. But more than anything, Knocking On My Door is anchored by its beauty of a chorus. The melody lifts here in an irresistible way, delivering a mini-climax several times throughout the track. This is the kind of euphoric pop songwriting I live for, and it’s harnessed by a group who know what to do with it. Main vocal Y takes the lead on most of the song’s most thrilling moments, including a series of power notes during its finale. It all feels so effortless, which matches the natural progression of the song itself.