Release Date: March, 18, 2019
- Bon Bon Chocolate
On February 17, 2019 Yue Hua Entertainment announced that they would be debuting a new girl group called EVERGLOW. The six members were revealed from February 18 to February 25th via social media teasers.
The roster of EVERGLOW is as follows:
- Sihyeon (Lead Vocalist)
- Mia (Main Vocalist, Main Dancer)
- Onda (Lead Vocalist)
- Yiren (Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual, Center)
- E:U (Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocalist)
- Aisha (Lead Rapper, Vocalist)
Three of the members should be familiar to those who have watched South Korean idol survival reality shows. Kim Sihyeon and Wang Yiren were contestants on Produce 48 and Onda (real name Jo Serim) was a contestant on Idol School.
On March 18th they made their official debut with their EP Arrival of EVERGLOW featuring 3 songs that run through the typical girl group offerings. The lead song from this EP is Bon Bon Chocolat. Of the three present on this EP it seemed like the logical choice as EVERGLOW’s coming out party as it has many of the qualities of a hit modern pop song with its frenetic Trap beats and booming bass lines.
The only downside for this song are the vocals which tend to have heavy effects processing on them. It’s not a complete distraction but it does feel like the producers went a little too HAM with the Auto-Tune for some reason. Despite that Bon Bon Chocolat does manage to make a strong first impression.
Moon is a smooth mid-tempo R&B/Pop crossover song that showcases a sensual side of the group. It is similar to what Red Velvet or EXID do when they dip their toes into the waters of the Urban Pop pool. The vocals on this song are pretty much left alone giving one the listeners a chance to actually hear the members drop some sexy for 3 minutes. This the more accessible song for those who do not find Bon Bon Chocolat to be their cup of tea.
Finally there is the ballad D+1. It follows the generic idol ballad template and is not necessarily anything special. If slow songs float your boat then perhaps give this a quick listen and see if it generates any feels for you.
In the end Arrival of EVERGLOW does a pretty good job of announcing their presence to the masses. They did not come with the massive hype of other girl groups who debuted before them but they appear to be one of the more interesting ones to watch based on the small sample size on this EP.