Many groups this year have released an abundance of music. However, promotional tracks are the focus of most discussions. This article aims to briefly select and mention only a few B-sides from six lesser-known acts; all of whom debuted within the first half of 2021.
The first two groups mentioned use storytelling elements to frame the direction of their tracks.
PIXY debuted on February 24, 2021 with their first digital single, With My Wings, and an accompanying music video for Wings.
They returned with their first mini album, Fairy forest : Bravery.
Greedy brings color to its overall composition with a strong delivery. Thumping rhythmical beats bring this synergy alongside lyrics that express a longing to find and keep love.
Kingdom debuted on February 18, 2021 with their first mini album History of Kingdom : Part 1 . Arthur, and an accompanying music video for Excalibur.
They recently returned with their second mini album, History of Kingdom : Part II . Chiwoo.
Magical organises itself well with its verses and chorus connected seamlessly. The line ‘Magical, let’s burn away’ as a choice for a refrain is good and memorable.
The next two groups have songs produced by former well-known idols.
TRI.BE debuted on February 17, 2021 with their first single album, Da Loca, and an accompanying music video for Doom Doom Ta.
They recently returned with their second single album, Conmigo.
Loro is a bouncy melody that borrows words and phrases from languages other than Korean for its lyrics. Synths, brass, reggae and dance-pop influences combine to create a diverse sound.
Double Dare highlights the members’ strength in vocal and rap delivery. The word ‘double’ repeats in the chorus, making the song catchy.
Finally, these two groups have teen-oriented music that fit the low average ages of the members.
Dunga Dunga follows the genres of Moombahton dance-pop and Latin pop. The lyrics promote wanting to succeed domestically and internationally.
No Questions brings hook and rhythm. The musical structure borrows hip-hop and R&B music influences, with the emphasis of the ‘no no no no’ refrain in the chorus.
Feel free to discover output from these artists and everyone else not mentioned. If you have any recommendations, comment them below.
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