Just two months after dropping the ’80s-inspired “Last Romeo,” INFINITE brings a swift follow up in the K-pop scene with “Back.”
The boy band’s latest opens quietly with a simple piano runs and leader Sunggyu’s hushed delivery on the first four lines. The song grows in complexity and intensity as the other members join in: Rapper Hoya croons the next four lines as violins are added; a subtle, 808 beat jumps in as Woohyun belts through the following four; then siren-like synths and an EDM buildup rush in as Sunggyu returns to belt up until the beat drop.
There’s a heavy orchestra motif throughout “Back” with a string section emphasized over the synth-infused dance breakdowns and hooks. Beast did something similar with their latest single “Good Luck,” but the classical elements felt more like an afterthought put on top of the heavy electronic production rather than working in tandem like it is in specific sections of “Back” (e.g. the 2:23 dance break).
The INFINITE guys look tougher than ever in the single’s dark music video as they work together to rescue a little girl captured by gangsters. Spliced between scenes of the band’s always on-point group choreography, the guys fight and kick ass through an army of henchmen in a grungy, graffiti-filled world.
Cleverly, the song’s lyrics apply to the video’s storyline. While the guys are pleading for a lost lover to come back to them which will “save them” on the record, in the video both INFINITE and the little girl are calling out for the other – adding a double meaning to the original lyrics.
The boys are bruised and bloodied when they meet the gangsters, but determined to win back their young friend. The video concludes with INFINITE and the gangsters about to go all out in a fist-fight battle. Does this mean a part two on its way?
Compared to recent INFINITE vids like “Last Romeo,” “Destiny” and “Man in Love,” “Back” appears to want to show the guys in a more mature light. But perhaps more importantly, the video shows the band a little weaker and more vulnerable compared to always strong, always gorgeous K-pop idols that fans are so used to seeing on camera – a rather fascinating decision.