D.HOLIC:머피와 샐리 [Murphy and Sally]

By Paris365 on November 20, 2015

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℗ 2015 (주)에이치메이트

D.Holic's latest single, "머피와 샐리 [Murphy and Sally]" opens with snappy percussion and what sounds like lasers going off in a sci-fi movie. The percussion only grows snappier as it goes on and a sizzling, almost electro-clash style beat kicks in to accompany it. There are a whole lot of other sounds to entice you as well, "Murphy and Sally" being a perfect blend of K-Pop dance and electronica. "Never, ever give up," the girls sing (more times than you can count), starting in the beginning of the song and then as part of the chorus throughout it. It's a simple lyric, of course, but it's inspiring to be sure. Plus, it's mighty contagious. It hits you quicker than the flu and it's sure to take weeks to leave you as it sticks in your head, bouncing about. You might wish it was gone, as having the same song stuck in your head for days can do that to a person, but most K-Pop fans will appreciate just how infectious it is and will be happy to be hearing it in their heads for days on end. Better still, they'll be listening to it on heavy rotation on their phones, computers, etc. It would make excellent work out music, too. Just look at how many calories the girls must be burning in the video.

The sole B-side on hand is "딱 그만," which Google translates as "Just That Much." That said, they sing the words "for you" as part of the call and response chorus, so I should think that would be the English title if they gave it one. Either way, it's a warm and endearing mid-tempo ballad, the sonic equivalent of a hug, really. Or a warm sweater on an icy, cold day. Suffice to say it's all very pleasant and lovely. The rap parts sound a bit aggressive and loud compared to the rest of the song, but I wouldn't say they ruin it. I just wish they were toned down a bit. Then again, it gives the song a unique signature, making it stand out from your typical K-Pop ballad. Not that having rap parts in K-Pop songs is an original idea. Obviously, something like 8 out of 10 K-Pop songs have a rap verse these days, but they're less common in ballads than dance songs, I think. In any case, you get a killer dance pop song and a wonderful song for your lovelorn days here, making it a single well worth your attention. It also features instrumentals of both songs for your solo karaoke parties you'd never admit to having. Or, you know, regular karaoke parties. Whatever works for you. -Michael McCarthy

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