Release Date: June 26, 2018
Recommended for: Pop fans; funk, house and disco-pop fans; anyone looking to discover new girl groups
NOT Recommended for: Those who prefer more experimental music; rap and hip-hop fans
Every year, more and more groups debut but only a handful of them make it big. We have had some promising debuts so far, but only one girl group has captured the hearts of the public. NeonPunch wishes to join the big leagues, but do they have what it takes?
The song starts off slow but soon picks up to an upbeat, disco-funk inspired sound almost immediately. It’s quite obvious that this will be a dance track, but the slow start is actually a nice touch and adds a bit of versatility to the track. The verse then suddenly switches and becomes a bit more pop-ish. The transition between the first verse and the chorus is a little generic which is a bummer as it ruins an otherwise stellar instrumental.
It’s a bit hard to distinguish between the verses and the chorus and the song feels disjointed because of that. The chorus itself is quite catchy and pleasant to listen to, but the song as a whole is bogged down by the forgettable verses. As mentioned above, the track has a wonderful instrumental, and it is reminiscent of f(x)’s hit ‘4 Walls’. ‘Moonlight’ uses a lot of synths that are similar to the 2015. However, ‘4 Walls’ actually has stellar verses and a memorable song structure. ‘Moonlight’s’ sub-par verses and somewhat enjoyable chorus nullify an otherwise outstanding production value.
The song relies too much on the instrumental and it shows. The five girls are barely distinguishable. Unfortunately, there is nothing special about their vocals or about the dance performance. Despite this, the music video is really nice, especially for a group from a small company.
It’s always hard to tell where a group is going just by listening to the debut song. However, the debut single must have something going for it to make casual fans want more. For NeonPunch, ‘Moonlight’ is almost there but it ultimately lacks something. The girls’ personalities do not shine through. They also do not have any distinguishable talents either (be it vocals, rap or dancing). At this point, they are just like any other girl group out there. However, I hold out hope that they can get better. As I have said multiple times, the production value behind this song is really nice. With a few more trials, the girls can improve on their performance factor. For now, I can say that they sure are a group to look out for!