Contemporary off a profitable group comeback, Kara’s Nicole is again together with her personal solo single. She’s turn out to be probably the most musically prolific of the group and holds a particular place on my bias listing due to her solo work with manufacturing crew Sweetune (take a look at her 2016 J-pop album Bliss when you haven’t!). Sadly, all good issues should finish and – like everybody else in Ok-pop – she’s moved onto totally different producers.
Final years’ YOU.F.O was a enjoyable – if barely generic – dance monitor. New single Mysterious follows an analogous path, even when its general sound is totally different. There’s nothing unhealthy I can say concerning the tune besides that I’ve grown bored with title tracks that pull again for a fab, beat-forward refrain. This in all probability says extra about my musical style than it does about Mysterious. Even its extra by-product moments are delivered with aptitude.
My favourite aspect of the monitor is the pulsing beat that underlines its verses. This manufacturing offers me sturdy early-00’s vibes in a approach I didn’t even know I missed. I admire the driving power and the way in which Nicole’s vocals arrange a call-and-response construction that enables her to show a wide range of tones and textures. If the whole monitor had stored this power going, I’d in all probability be extra enthusiastic about it. As an alternative, Mysterious swerves right here and there, diving into languid breakdowns. Each second is satisfying in its personal approach, however I discover myself wishing for a taut association that delivers a higher sense of climax.
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