Beast Mixes EDM & Classical Music on 'Good Luck': Watch
The boy band also pull off K-pop's most athletic choreography of the year in their accompanying video
A little less than a year after releasing their mature full-length album "Hard to Love, How to Love," K-pop boy band Beast return with a new single that epitomizes K-pop's knack for genre-blending, mixing hard-hitting electro beats with traditional classical music. "Good Luck" is another high-energy banger from the sextet, falling nicely in line with recent singles "Beautiful Night" and "Shadow, both of which made Billboard's Best K-Pop Songs of 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Written by Beast member Junhyung and record composer Taejoo Kim, the lyrics of "Good Luck" use the phrase as a departing wish to a lost lover, despite the guys' lingering feelings.
The most striking part about "Good Luck" is its production that pairs classical music elements like dramatic, orchestral strings and piano melodies with soaring synths and fizzy electronic pops.
The video highlights these different elements in an opening sequence soundtracked by ominous cellos, sneering violins and a knocking, electronic beat. Quickly, we're moved into Beast's moody, lovelorn world as they sing their frustrations over losing the girl, despite being surrounded by many of them throughout the visual.
It may be the soccer-player socks half the members wear in the dance sequences, but Beast's "Good Luck" choreography feels like the most athletic and impressive showing yet from K-pop dance this year. The sextet jump, slide and twirl around video sets to seamlessly pull off the high-cardio moves.
"Good Luck" is the official single from Beast's new EP of the same name. The band teased the release with the mid-tempo buzz track "No More" (below) that hit No. 72 on K-Pop Hot 100 so far.
The charts were good to Beast last year. The boys earned their first No. 1 with their ballad "Will You Be Okay?" and saw "Shadow" peak at No. 3. Meanwhile, member Hyunseung earned another chart topper as part of the Trouble Maker duo, with HyunA, for "Now."