K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

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Henry, "Fantastic" MV

The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best?

Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads (John Legend's "All of Me" and Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips"), trumpety pop (Ariana Grande's "Problem" and SISTAR's "Touch My Body") and glorious trap breakdowns (Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" and 2NE1's "Come Back Home").

But a trio of K-pop acts has incorporated a modern orchestral-pop sound still to be explored in Western hitmakers. Boy bands Beast and INFINITE along with solo star Henry have offered three different blends in mixing traditional musical elements, like string sections and simple piano chords, with modern-day dance tracks. The results are three must-hear pop products that all offer a unique aural experience.

In case you need reminding of tracks, scroll down for the K-pop releases below. Once you decided, let us know your favorite!

"Good Luck" by Beast - The sextet's latest opens with simple piano chords while subtle, racing strings are soon layered over soaring synths and fizzy electronic pops. The electronic production embellished with the instruments create an additional dramatic element to the ominous, breakup track.

"Back" by INFINITE - While "Good Luck" successfully paired the traditional and modern elements, this septet seemed keen to have the components work in tandem. Ballad-style piano opens the track as harps, 808s and siren-like synths are combined. Soon enough, the beat drops and synth-heavy breakdowns are infused with orchestral strings (best heard at the 2:23 mark) as if the parts are working towards being heard as one collective sound rather than disparate sonic elements. 

"Fantastic" by Henry - The 24-year-old star was able to show off his real-life violin skills in his new single. Peppy strings back Henry's crooning on the verses before his skills control spotlight on the violin-only pre-chorus that changes on each verse. While the violin may not be the sexiest instrument in the world, Henry makes a good case for its coolness by dancing while in the accompanying video.


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