GOT7 returned Monday (March 12) with their Eyes On You EP, their first of 2018.
The seventh EP from the K-pop septet, Eyes On You is fronted by “Look,” a propulsive dance track imbued with deep house and hip-hop elements. Co-written by member JB, it is GOT7’s second single of the year, following last month’s “One and Only You” collaboration with Hyolyn.
Like many other GOT7 singles, there’s a sense of kinetic energy in the act’s latest as it vacillates between groovy melodies and heavy bass beats, emphasizing both the vocalist’s crisp tones and the dramatic raps from the act’s trio of rappers. The song’s warm, reassuring tone emulates the lyrics, which feature the members asking that the object of their affection takes a “Look” and gains emotional support from their loving gaze. As a single, it finds a subtle balance between the K-pop team’s most recent sounds, verging on melodious without veering all the way into the atmospheric styling of “You Are,” and incorporating dynamism without diving too far into the glitch-y, harder hitting vibe “Never Ever,” both released last year.
The diverse soundscape of "Look" sets up the music video as a platform to showcase the boy band’s performance skills, both through frenetic, body wave-featuring group dances and a choreographed face-off between Jinyoung and Yugyeom. Aside from the dance-heavy sequences, the video for GOT7’s latest depicts the seven men in a variety of vibrant settings, with each member serving up his lines in a distinct set ranging from moody party scenes to modern art museums.
The Eyes On You EP features seven songs, including “Look” and “One and Only You.” Aside from JB’s efforts on those two tracks, several other members had hands in crafting the album: The BamBam co-written "The Reason" is a moody alt-R&B track, while the Youngjae co-penned "Hesitate" is an evocative tune featuring groovy strings. Yugyeom’s smooth style is audible on the rhythmic “Us,” and the final, pop-rock track “Thank You” features lyrics written by Jinyoung directed towards the band’s fan army, IGOT7; the fandom was also referenced in the “Look” music video, with a solitary bird’s presence at the end of the film referencing how “IGOT7” sounds like the Korean word for “baby bird,” or “ahgase,” a nickname for GOT7’s fans.
Immensely popular among K-pop fans in the States, GOT7 is one of the best-charting Korean acts on the World Albums chart, with four EPs having peaked at No. 1. The group will be coming back to the U.S. for a tour later this year.
Watch the music video for “Look” here: