Eyelike: f(x) reaffirms funk with 'Red Light'

Eyelike: f(x) reaffirms funk with 'Red Light'
Korean girl group f(x) opened the four-hour show during the SM Town Live World Tour III concert at the Float @ Marina Bay on 23 November 2012.


"Red Light"

(KT Music)

K-pop girl group f(x), known for their innovative and funky style, has returned with yet another album filled with unique sounds ― this time, funky as usual with an added touch of electro-pop.

The group's new 11-track studio album "Red Light" opens with an eponymous lead single featuring diverse electric sounds behind a pop melody, all embellished with a dose of hip-hop.

"Red Light" begins with some ominous clock-ticking and the members' rap-like chant, followed by a heavy bass line. The song builds up to a powerful synth-pop chorus, infused with digital blips and electronic overtones.

The tracks recorded on the rest of the album touch on various genres including dance, electronic, rock, pop and even fusion country.

"MILK" is a bouncy, harmonious tune that echoes f(x)'s signature rhythmical music style. Beginning with a cat meowing, a dog barking and glass breaking, the song builds up a catchy groove with rhythmic percussion.

The girls sing metaphorically about quenching their pained hearts with cold milk.

"Summer Lover," written in part by Amber, and "Vacance" are fitting selections to listen to for the next few months, given that they both portray the summer season with refreshing and bright melodies.

"Spit It Out" has more hip-hop elements coupled with electronic sounds. Between the chorus and bridge with lyrics demanding one to "spit out your true feelings" is a futuristic mashup of electronic blips and blops.

"All Night" is a calm track that focuses on the group's harmonious vocals, while "Butterfly" delivers a dreamlike melody and alluring lyrics.

"Dracula," which has darker sonic undertones, opens up with a murmur by a sinister monster-esque voice. The song seeks to portray the fictional character "Dracula," warning listeners to "run run run run away" from him. Several screams can be heard throughout the song, amplifying its ominous atmosphere.

With the quirky new release, f(x) seems to be bucking the trend in the modern K-pop scene.

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