IZONE Oneiric Diary CD Cover

Release Date: June 15, 2020
Key: E Minor
BPM: 122

Merry-Go-Round is a song on IZ*ONE’s third Korean EP Oneiric Diary in both Korean and Japanese language versions. The original is a low tempo Dance-Pop number with some light disco influence that perfectly fits Oneiric Diary’s dreamy and fantasy-like theme.

I didn’t even know there was an acapella rip of this song out on the web until another remixer I follow posted their remix of the song on Soundcloud. Since Merry-Go-Round falls squarely within my comfort zone, I searched for a copy of the vocal rip to work on.

IZ*ONE – Merry-Go-Round (2020)

IZ*ONE – Merry-Go-Round [Instrumental] (2018)

For my take, I decided to bypass the song’s fluffy pop feel and constructed a more aggressive sounding instrumental around the vocal. The final result is something that has a bit more of an edge but still retains some of the feelings of the original.