So far, IVE have been three-for-three for me, with most up-to-date single After Like standing as one in every of my favourite songs of 2022. With a full album on the horizon, the group has a chance to increase the scope of their music. A pre-release observe is the proper excuse for a brand new sound, and Kitsch dutifully swerves in a unique course.
I’m undecided learn how to really feel about this track. Given its noisy, repetitive refrain I assumed I’d outright hate it. In actuality, my emotions aren’t that adverse. Kitsch doesn’t maintain a candle to any of the group’s singles thus far, but it surely delivers this (admittedly annoying) sound higher than most. It’s not remotely kitschy, however I assume that phrase makes for an interesting catchphrase?
I’ll make a polarizing assertion and say I want the whole lot of Kitsch gave the impression of its refrain. This doesn’t imply I would like the track to change into continuous chanting, however I benefit from the percussive stomp of that section. The verses really feel too near a BLACKPINK solo single for me – very western pop in a nasty means. I’m not a fan of how the tempo pulls again right here, which solely serves to focus on a few of the extra annoying features of the manufacturing. Kitsch is at its greatest throughout its last thirty seconds when it finds a cheerful steadiness between its competing components. Take away the irritating slide-whistle (?) loop and we’d be set.
With that stated, I’m unlikely to return to this in the identical means I’ve with just about each different IVE track thus far. Hopefully it’s simply a blip on their highway, previous a title observe that may improve their already-impressive legacy.
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