Billlie appear to be a gaggle on the rise, maybe not when it comes to being common public darlings (other than Tsuki’s virality), however at the least with a rising fandom that ought to set them up nicely for greater and higher. While they don’t actually have a singular identification or sound but, the range they supply with their comebacks is one thing to stay up for in itself, and returning with what they did on “Ring Ma Bell” definitely qualifies as a pleasing shock.
Count me amongst these taken off-guard by the selection of this punk-rockish sound out of seemingly nowhere, however for sure this sort of pop fusion performed by idols falls into my wheelhouse. The basis is remarkably easy for probably the most half, counting on an electrical rhythm guitar and uncomplicated drum hits because the group’s vocals retains issues rolling ahead. It works for probably the most half as a result of the listener can really feel one thing effervescent below, and the construct of the pre-chorus confirms this. The refrain is takes issues up a notch, however the “ring ma bell” hook performed in two choral shouting sections from Billlie is what stars and it’s onerous to not see this being a fan favourite dwell at a live performance, for instance. Fortunately, issues don’t simply finish there and there’s one other part that follows with the chorus that closes it out taking part in like a top quality pop refrain in itself.
That stated, there are some issues that forestall it from reaching the heights it may. In a uncommon twist, a K-pop track doesn’t go as loud and noisy as I might’ve favored, with the band nearly pushed too far into the background of the combo, sapping “Ring Ma Bell” of a number of the very aggressiveness and punk points they needed to seize. During the verses it’s not such a giant deal as issues construct from there, however this particularly stands out within the preliminary choruses, which come off manner too clear.
So to some extent, throughout the second refrain I used to be truthfully pondering issues have been bogging down a bit. Fortunately, what finally ends up largely redeeming “Ring Ma Bell” is the stellar end. All the problems I highlighted within the earlier paragraph have been erased by the extra maniac and aggressive closing run, together with guitar riffs galore and amping the whole lot up additional. Even the bridge put within the center supplied a pleasant reprieve whereas nonetheless preserving issues aggressive over abrupt strums earlier than it dumps the listener proper again into the enjoyable. I might’ve put these elements within the earlier choruses and highlighted a guitar solo of some kind, however it’s an idol group not a band, so I get the selection. Either manner, Haram’s vocal specifically stood out, injecting a vital depth to it at instances that the blending robbed from it and ending with a exhibiting that made me need to hear extra from her on this mode.
So whereas not good, “Ring Ma Bell” gives one other high quality addition to Billlie’s discography, and time will inform whether or not it ages to be extra good or nice. And when it comes to promoting the idea and sound, Billlie definitely accomplish that of their music video, which helps create a pleasant cohesive bundle that works collectively nicely. It’s additionally simply promising that Mystic Story do appear devoted to offering common comebacks for Billlie, because it bodes nicely for them to discover additional sooner or later. The indisputable fact that I don’t know what that subsequent comeback will sound like makes it one thing to stay up for.