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Primary EP Album - Pop
Primary EP Album - Pop
Primary's first foray into pop music
September 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
Primary's music style is always unpredictable. Hidden behind his quirky cardboard box mask with a bird beak, the producer's musical mind can never be read. Instead of following the trend, he follows his heart to create music. His carefree attitude towards music leads to an extremely broad music spectrum, ranging from old-school jazz and groovy R&B to electronic music and funky hip-hop. Less than a month after the New Wave EP Shininryu, the versatile musician makes an unexpected foray into the pop world with his second EP Pop that further expands his music landscape.

While Shininryu features hidden gems from the K-pop world, Pop enlists vocalists from popular idol groups to tell different bittersweet one-sided love stories. About a timid boy struggling to express his love, Tükk (Track 2) is a humorous depiction of an anxious boy who hits his head on a wall whenever he wants to tell his feelings to his love interest. Highlight's Yang Yo Seop uses his sunny vocals to tell the light-hearted story over a lively backdrop featuring energetic drumbeats, light guitar riffs and occasional brassy sounds. Along with a romantic piano melody, B1A4's Sandeul sings in his warm vocals to invoke the same pure puppy-love vibe in "Pick Up" (Track 5).

Among the other bubbly sweet songs, Diet (Track 4) stands out as a classy synth-pop gem with a strong nu-disco flavor. The snappy drum intro sets a steady rhythm for the song. The slightly husky voice of EXID's Sol Ji adds a dreamy aura to the song, along with the infectious guitar tune, sophisticated synth swells and enthralling keyboard chords. So You's Right? (Track 3) is catchy enough to be a title song but it carries the least surprise in terms of arrangement when compared to other tracks.

Striking an interesting balance between pop and indie music, Pop marks the first pop-style release from Primary and the idol singers' first indie collaborations. The album helps them step out of their comfort zones and explore their musical possibilities.

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