Not each Ok-pop group will likely be for each listener, and there’s nothing mistaken with that. All through 2022, I’ve listened to all of Kep1er’s music, watched them compete on Queendom and seen them dwell at KCON. And nonetheless, I strategy new single We Recent with tons of trepidation. From the teasers alone, I knew there’d be loads of shouting and a beneficiant dose of ear-shattering instrumental drops.
All of this turned out to be true, however probably the most irritating factor about We Recent is how good it could possibly be if a few of its extra jarring components have been toned down or excised utterly. Take away the by-the-numbers woman group chanting and change that high-pitched instrumental breakdown with one thing much less abrasive and also you’ve received a rock-dance banger with loads of verve. When the manufacturing focuses on guitar distortion and large, chugging percussion it’s a ferocious praise to Kep1er’s indefatigable vitality. I like how these components come at us in waves, with the monitor pulling again earlier than surging ahead with renewed depth. And when Kep1er are allowed to truly sing quite than “rat ta ta ta” they sound nice.
Ok-pop has developed a status for throwing many competing elements right into a blender, however a music like We Recent doesn’t appear to be following any recipe. It merely tosses sounds round with out function. Reasonably than thrilling, the consequence feels exhausting. Kep1er practically get misplaced inside the maelstrom and any hope of a melodic centerpiece dissipates as quickly as hook smacks you upside the top. It’s a disgrace, as a result of there are moments of nice potential right here.