After garnering attention with their co-ed group concept and hit debut track "Oh NaNa," the 4 member rookie group KARD are back to strike while the iron is still hot. The group continues to impress and make new fans with their 'Vol. 2' follow-up track "Don't Recall."
"Don't Recall" is definitely a unique song. From the moment it begins, there is a strong synthetic, tribal-like beat that sounds mesmerizing and quite impressive. The instrumental is loud and blaring as it utilizes a unique, repetitious echoing "Da Da Da Da Da" vocal with auto-tuned trumpet pitches alongside consistent drumming and snares.
Check out the zany MV below.
The blend of feminine vocals and powerful male voices make this group stand out nicely and effortlessly. The song also contains a lot of rises and changes in tempo, so it doesn't necessarily settle into one style or sound. The beginning is smooth and an easy listen for the ears towards the first refrain, but I appreciate the climactic ending.
Visually, the MV is very artsy and utilizes a lot of effective camera angles and movements - especially during the dance break. It really emphasizes the swanky movements and makes this chill dance a lot more interesting.
When it comes to the lyrics, I'm hooked! I love the deep rooted passion and anger in the lyrics and the words seem to buzz around the listener's head that the singers want to escape this toxic relationship since they "Don't recall when we were good together." The message isn't out of the ordinary but the presentation is stellar.
Aside from that, the aesthetics are pleasing on the eye. I love the all white mixed with gray sets and also enjoy the cornered rooms with various lighting and imagery flowing across their bodies. The "high class," expensive sets seemed to serve no purpose in my opinion and the MV doesn't tell much of a story which makes it rather bland but still enjoyable to watch.
Altogether, 'Vol. 2' and "Don't Recall" are an impressive piece of music. It may not be for everyone but it is definitely worth listening to and is a nice break from the trend-catering music being put out lately. It is distinct, different but doesn't come off as ridiculous or try hard in the end.