The addition of recent members and a swap in idea has revitalized TO1. Although I wasn’t utterly offered on Drummin’ the primary few instances by, it’s gone on to develop into a sleeper hit – considered one of my most performed songs of 2022. It makes use of its messy boisterous for good, full of hook after hook. New single Freeze Tag (얼음 땡) makes an attempt to copy that tune’s success, however I’m undecided it’ll be as partaking in the long term.
The blokes have switched producers this time, working with the D_answer group (of Pixy, INI and CRAXY fame). I’ve discovered this group’s output to be hit or miss (largely miss), however I’m joyful they’ve maintained the quirks which have made TO1’s reinvention so enjoyable. Freeze Tag bounds on energetic guitar and punchy percussion. It’s vivid and funky and overstuffed, just like its predecessor. However in contrast to Drummin’, a few of its chanting borders on obnoxious. Freeze Tag may do with extra melody and fewer putzing round.
On the plus aspect, the primary half of the tune’s refrain is sort of addictive. I like how they play with the percussion, pulling again on the rhythm to assist the efficiency stand out. This compensates for the chanted post-chorus hook, which is extra awkward than profitable. Freeze Tag additionally lacks an instrumental flourish as addictive as Drummin’s whistling brass. It could sound like I’m consistently evaluating the 2 songs, however on this case it’s actually laborious to not. They’re lower from the identical musical fabric. Proper now, I believe Freeze Tag stands as a worthy – if barely underwhelming – follow-up.