Their first offering since departing Cube Entertainment reaffirms the group’s status as a singular talent in the K-Pop world.
For as long as I have been a fan of Beast (now using the name Highlight due to a messy separating with their former label) I have touted them as an exceptional group i the K-Pop world. This largely comes down to the fact that they have managed to cast off the manufactured stigma of K-Pop through constant involvement in their music (band member Yong Junghyung has produced and written almost all of their output since 2013’s Hard to Love, How to Love).
This also goes someway to explaining their almost anomalous new incarnation as an indie-band. With the exception of Jang Hyunseung (who was also absent on their last album with their former label) the band has struck out on their own as AroundUs Entertainment. But how has the group, and their musical style, handled this transition?