NINE.i emerged earlier this 12 months with a music and album that positioned them firmly inside current boy group tropes. Their enchantment lies in self-production, although they’re helped by composer Kim Seung-soo (who might or is probably not one half of Sweetune, relying in your supply). The teasers for his or her first comeback hinted at extra daring sounds, bringing a synth rock edge to their burgeoning discography. Title monitor Younger Boy provides a welcome dose of rookie vitality, even when it’s a bit tough across the edges.
The music’s fusion of synthwave parts and distorted guitars is like musical catnip to me. Even when the melodies or efficiency aren’t fairly as much as par, I’m certain to like the ultimate product by advantage of its style selections alone. I’m additionally blissful to see NINE.i return with one thing that has extra particular person character. A few of the vocals are unpolished, however this offers them a scruffy enchantment that accentuates the music’s idea. The synth line that opens the monitor is a crystalline magnificence, including nice texture to the driving rock beat. The second half of the verse, main into the pre-chorus, takes best benefit of this mix.
Conversely, Younger Boy loses a little bit of luster throughout its refrain. I admire its cathartic vitality, however the melodies really feel undercooked – significantly once we hit the vocal climax. This line warbles awkwardly within the heart of the monitor. If we should have this melodic peak, extra strong vocal stacking or totally different results may need made it really feel as immense because it ought to. However as a spirited battle cry from an under-the-radar act, the overwhelming majority of Younger Boy will get the job finished (and would possibly even get your fist pumping).