LIGHTSUM dazzles in their first mini-album, In the lightshowing a new facet of their sweetness.
Following their K-Pop appearance in June 2021, LIGHTSUM made a strong impression with their sweet debut single, “Vanilla.” Achieving the highest initial sales for rookie girl groups that year, the members quickly established their presence as one of the top K-Pop girl groups to watch.
Their next single album, Light a wish, extended the luminous glow they offered with their first project. Now, LIGHTSUM returns after seven months, further exploring their musical universe with “light” as a medium in their first mini album, In the light.
At that time, members Sangah, Chovon, Nayoung, Hina, Juhyeon, Yujeong, Huiyeon, and Jian showed more versatility than ever before, delivering the album in two versions. The “The Class” version reinterprets high-teen trends with a more funky and academic touch. Meanwhile, “The Team” features a sportier appearance and reflects the energy of the members.
In its entirety, In the light encapsulates the unique sincerity of Gen Z – an outspoken honesty about the feelings their generation is dealing with. The mini-album features five tracks that cover an array of genres, including R&B and alternative pop.
With this project, LIGHTSUM retains the signature sweetness established by their previous releases, but rejuvenates their sound with tracks that highlight their willingness to take risks and explore a bolder identity – a nod to “the ‘adolescent spirit’ that their music emulates.
Spearheading the mini-album, the title track “ALIVE” was written by producer GALACTIKA and the GALACTIKA team. The track delivers its groove style, mixing pop, house and EDM for a daring listen.
The song communicates LIGHTSUM’s experience of feeling revived after falling in love with their daily life that was previously colorless and boring. The message is reiterated with the track’s refreshing and upbeat melody, creating a perfect earworm for the upcoming summer season.
Additionally, its music video visually depicts the liveliness of the album’s tracks. Evoking the energetic feelings of Gen Z, the video shows LIGHTSUM in a high school where they contemplate the love that makes them feel alive. In particular, the video highlights the group’s refined dancing as well as their individual charms.
Produced by the GALACTIKA team, “i” follows the EDM vibe of the title track while delivering a faster tempo. The more retro song sweeps listeners away with its dynamic melody, while its darker trap sounds in the verses heighten its interest.
“GOOD NEWS” begins with shimmering notes, setting the tone for a whimsical track. However, its humble beginning leaves listeners surprised as the song launches into a fashionable melody peppered with deep bass and synth. The song’s catchy appeal lets “GOOD NEWS” stand out in the album, exemplifying LIGHTSUM’s abilities to maintain their own unique color in a track that fits perfectly with current K-Pop trends.
While the earlier songs deliver the sweet sound that LIGHTSUM fans are more accustomed to, “Q” reveals their bolder side with rapping verses against a catchy tempo. The members’ lyric delivery highlights their self-confidence and grittier attitude than ever before.
“BYE BYE LOVE” concludes the album on a high, delivering another remarkable album that leaves listeners wanting more. While showcasing the vocal skills of the members, the track impresses as a unique EDM track that captivates listeners with a playful sound.
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