I had a bit of an internal debate about which Billlie song I was going to review for this week. While all their songs are unique, I really wanted to kill two birds with one stone by reviewing their more recent release, RING ma Bell (what a wonderful day). The reason why would make sense in a couple of weeks time. But no birds were harmed in the making of this review, as I decided to exclusively focus on debut tracks. For Billlie, that is RING X RING, which was released almost a year ago in November 2021. Billlie is another 7 member group (consisting of Moon Sua, Suhyeon, Haram, Tsuki, Sheon, Siyoon and Haruna) under Mystic Story,
Firstly, I want to apologise for how long this review has taken (a shocking 11 months). It was definitely on my ‘to review’ list since its release, but I never got around to doing that. There was a lot going on during that time. But as I say quite often on this blog, better late than never. RING X RING is, with no doubts whatsoever, a very interesting release. Once you listen to it, it will be obvious to why that is the case. Compared to other KPOP releases we have heard before and since, RING X RING is different. The instrumental experiments with the synths by making it feel all abstract. I liked the idea of that, but I find the instrumental doesn’t come off as intended. There is a fair bit going on (i.e. pulsating bass, twinkling and siren-like synths, a touch of classical influence in the dance break etc.), on top of the heaviness and repetitiveness. But when you consider the instrumental as a whole, it feels more of a blur. Sure, there is still an epic vibe and flair to RING X RING‘s backing, but nothing really sticks out. When we get to the chorus, RING X RING changes momentum momentarily, with a fairly simple melody that contrasts quite strongly with the rest of the song. The change was quite sudden for my liking. And if you read past reviews, you will know I am not a big fan of sudden. It essentially stopped the momentum of that was built in the verses in what felt like a jerk-like motion. This was quite a disappointment, as I did like what I thought the verses and pre-choruses were hurtling towards. However, the choruses were a nice display of their vocal potential. Their vocals were already strong, and I liked the additional boldness and definition their vocals had in the song. Whilst speaking about vocals, I feel the need to mention that their rapping was also displayed strongly. Needlessly to say, what we heard in RING X RING is enough proof that there is potential behind this new group. The biggest take away from RING X RING is that, even after a year, I am not 100% sure if I like it or not. Parts of it I do, parts of it don’t. It just leaves me confused as I don’t know what to think of RING X RING, and that is quite baffling for me.
I note that the video was released on the 10 November 2021, 10 days after Halloween. Some places would have moved onto Thanksgiving or Christmas season by then. However, the video continues to showcase spooky and eerie vibes that reminds me of Halloween. As a fan of the horror, creepiness and dark, I have no issues about the lateness of the video in terms of timing (though it could have been better). But I do have the qualms about how it doesn’t explore this concept further. The choreography scenes literally takes over the video, and it leaves little opportunity for us to really five into the spooky and eerie vibes. And I find that to be disappointing. As for the choreography shots that took over the video, their outfits lacked concept, while the choreography set was pretty plain.
Performance-wise, this group definitely also shows potential. Their choreography was quite cool, with their moves taking on board that unique charm from the song. The start was pretty cool, where each member got a chance to be in focus. The dance break we get in the performance showcases an epic vibe. I just feel the choreography lacks a key point.
Song – 7/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 7.1/10