‘Drunk-Dazed’ may be ENHYPEN’s first comeback, but they clearly already know how to do it right.
Five months after their debut back in November, ENHYPEN follows up the “BORDER” series with their second mini-album: BORDER: CARNIVAL. And while ENHYPEN’s first release was about the emotions before their debut, this second mini-album is all about facing reality after debuting. Through six tracks: ‘Intro: Invitation,’ ‘FEVER,’ ‘Not For Sale,’ ‘Mixed Up,’ ‘Outro: The Wormhole,’ and of course, the star of the show: ‘Drunk-Dazed’ you hear their story.
The main track on the album is the epitome of the concept of this comeback, and it’s far from being your typical dark track. ‘Drunk-Dazed’ hypnotizes you with its various dynamic melodies. While it clearly represents a celebration, you can also feel disoriented – just like in a carnival! The build-up to this celebratory and uplifting yet dark chorus is absolutely incredible and can be genuinely considered pop excellence. This clash between dark and disorienting and the celebration side of the song represents the struggles and complexity, one where they are finding themselves in a world after their debut. This is far from being a track easy to understand as it has so many layers to it, but it’s fun, dark, addicting and indeed something never seen before.
And when it comes to the music video: well, that’s something never seen before as well! It shows the members being invited to a private party and enjoying the night all in their own way. With various camera angles and production techniques, ‘Drunk-Dazed’ visually portrays the member’s confusion, being “drunk” and “dazed” in this new world. There are so many things to be analyzed and interpreted, which is why it makes it so addicting and fun to watch this colorful and intriguing music video. (Also, if you watched I-Land, there’s a surprise cameo for you.)
‘Drunk-Dazed’ is truly a complex track that shows ENHYPEN‘s immense growth and potential. And just to think this is their first comeback is insane, showing they’re clearly on the right path.
But let’s not forget about the b-sides because even though ‘Drunk-Dazed’ is the highlight, the other five songs are definitely worth your time as well.
Like in their debut mini-album, BORDER: DAY ONE, this album’s intro and outro songs are all in English. ‘Intro: Invitation’ sets the perfect tone for ‘Drunk-Dazed,’ with this unmistakable carnival vibe and with instrumentation highly influenced by indie music, just like ‘Outro: Wormhole.
When it comes to the rest of the songs, they all offer something different but still complement ‘Drunk-Dazed’ perfectly. ‘FEVER’ is a dark track hugely based on an addicting bass line. By mixing pop with these jazz-like vibes, they created this very moody and exciting track. ‘Mixed Up’ is much more of a hip-hop track that takes influence slightly from rock music when it comes to the production, while ‘Not For Sale’ is a more chill track with a much more pop sound than any of the other songs in the album.
‘Outro: Wormhole’ leaves the album on an open ending and has us already anticipating their next move. This comeback was not only incredible for a rookie group to pull off, but it also clearly sets them as a staple in the scene. And if you had any doubts about ENHYPEN being one of the best rookie groups, this comeback sets the record straight and shows they didn’t debut to play games.
You can listen now to ‘Drunk-Dazed’ and BORDER: CARNIVAL here.
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