네온펀치 (NeonPunch) | NeonPunch 1st Debut Album ‘MOONLIGHT’

I didn’t forget K-pop! I’ll also be going down memory lane for a lot of Korean pop releases throughout the year, so keep an eye out!

My next review focuses on a really recent release, having been distributed in the summer of 2018. You might not have heard of NeonPunch, but you may have seen MIXNINE, where a few of its members have gone on to compete. Heralding from small company A100 Entertainment, NeonPunch is the company’s first girl group and made the scene with a ‘debut album’ that makes us wonder if this will be the perfect night out for moonlight. Will it be as bright as ever, or is it too dull for us to proceed further?


NeonPunch promoting MOONLIGHT

MOONLIGHT

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“MOONLIGHT” slaps. Leaving it at that.

Jokes, let me tell you how this slaps. If you were born in the 90s and have any inkling of what genres were popular in that era, then you would know that songs pumped from artists like Real McCoy, Haddaway, etc. were huge (one-hit wonders, but that’s beside the point). “MOONLIGHT” takes after this, going for a piano-driven 90s-style dance track that has horns going from different directions, but its melody continues to drive through the song while a pulsing beat carries on. Each vocalist has great delivery, and Iaan slams those rap bits like none other. It’s a stellar debut, giving me nostalgia but feeling so fresh at the same time. It’s meant for the club and still has you going past moonlight. My only wish is that this moonlight was a lot longer.

MOONLIGHT (CHN Ver.)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The other track on the ‘album’ is the Chinese-language version, “MOONLIGHT (CHN Ver.)“, which basically maintains the awesome instrumental of the original Korean version. There’s not much in terms of change for the song, and the translation towards Chinese fares rather well. However, it doesn’t quite have that catch to its singable lyrics as its Korean sister has. Not saying this is a bad version at all, but I find myself listening to the Korean version way more.


OVERVIEW

An awesome debut song. It’s a shame that NeonPunch isn’t so big, and considering they’re from a relatively unknown, small company, it might not be happening anytime soon (but you never know, look at MOMOLAND). Their debut is super stellar, and while it’s really just only one song, this release is all the worthwhile for that one song only. With an aesthetic like theirs and an awesome hard-hitter of a track, they really live up to their name.

MUST-LISTEN: MOONLIGHT

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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