Debut group TAN (To All Nations) have been shaped via MBC’s Wild Idol audition present, which paired typical Produce-esque tropes with outside coaching and survival challenges. It was a weird idea, and I’ll admit that I gave up on the sequence after episode one. Even Infinite’s Sungkyu as a celeb mentor couldn’t preserve my consideration! Fortunately, TAN’s music has no actual connection to the present. Du Du Du stands as one of many yr’s stronger debuts up to now.
Opening with a capella vocals and a easy finger snap, the observe lays down its slinky sound piece by piece. The general strategy is fairly rote at this level in Okay-pop, however the vocal efficiency is strong and the melody has some chunk. The layered association throughout the pre-chorus feels as if it might have been plucked from the business’s “second technology,” largely forgoing manic percussion in favor of dramatic vocals. This continues into verse two, which replicates Du Du Du’s core melody however injects an additional little bit of oomph to maintain momentum rising. It’s a easy trick, however one we hardly ever hear in Okay-pop anymore.
If something, Du Du Du suffers from its trendier moments. The refrain is ok, and would have sounded extra thrilling if each different group hadn’t already executed the “slink bass drop hook” to loss of life. Fortunately, the association grows extra sturdy because the observe goes on, giving Du Du Du a personality of its personal. In the long run, a way of cohesion wins the day and TAN have rapidly established themselves as a brand new group to observe carefully.
**With all that mentioned, why the heck wasn’t the improbable album intro become an entire track and promoted because the group’s debut? It feels like Fiction!