You don’t need to ask us the first time if you wanna pop. Pop off queens!
Perhaps my age is a symptom of my dwindling excitement for new releases compared to previous years because seriously I don’t think there has been that many K-pop songs this year that stuck with me. I saw nugupromoter on Twitter shared this new girl group’s tweet teasing their debut and then hearing the highlight medley released a few days after… I was cautiously excited.
A song like Pop? Pop! would have lost its way amongst the 2016-17 girl groups, especially coming out of the gates of an unknown company. Fortunately this works in CSR‘s favour greatly because this kind of cute and catchy pop is almost a novelty in 2022. It follows a simple structure that prioritises melody. Hearing the propulsive mix of squeaky synths, percussions and guitars matching with the girls’ much higher vocals is such a treat. The emphasis on the electro beats and electric guitars in the post-chorus alteranting with the girls’ onomatopoeic phrase is such a fun tease for the bridge as well as acting as a good breather for the next chorus. The key change(!) in the final chorus is just the cherry on top. I will never get tired of those kind of tricks in music.
As of writing this, the mini is not on Spotify yet (28th July at 6pm KST) but you bet I will loop the heck out of this song. I got a good feeling about the longevity on Pop? Pop!.
P.S. CSR’s Sweetune b-side did NOT disappoint.
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