P1Harmony made their comeback yesterday with their latest mini-album, HARMONY: ALL IN (their sixth to date), and their latest title track JUMP. They also released the English version of JUMP today. All of these releases follows on from their November 2022 release HARMONY: SET IN and Back Down and July 2022’s HARMONY: ZERO IN and Doom Du Doom.
There is a lot of potential behind JUMP. A subtle yet groovy underlay makes the instrumental lively, while the choruses employs a playful set of synths to sound fun. This all conforms to the alternative pop genre, with a clear feature of hip-hop influences infused into the song – all of which can be heard most vividly during the song’s final instrumental sequence at the very end of JUMP. For majority of the song, the members adopted a deep or low tone in their vocals and rapping, which aligns quite well with the instrumental and gives JUMP a consistent vibe throughout its 2:43 minute run. My favourite showing of this is KEEHO’s vocals in the first verse, where he drags out the ends of certain lines in such a intriguing and sensual fashion. The hooks of the song were quite catchy and worked well with the rest of the song. My biggest gripe with JUMP is that it fails to go that next mile, which ultimately made JUMP feel “held back”. Personally, I felt JUMP needed a more profound peak or moment of concentration towards the end to really take it to the next level. This could have lead to an explosive final chorus that would have amped up the song. Alternatively, the song could taken on a vibrant element throughout it run to give JUMP a bit more zing. We get a teaser of what this could have looked like through THEO’s vocals in the bridge (though this is quite brief). While I do think something extra is needed, it must be carefully crafted to fit in with the pre-existing elements of JUMP, as everything that we do get in JUMP already definitely shows promise.
The music video was pretty good. The song speaks of the message of enjoying the moment, which we see the members do whilst performing on stage and in the midst of the crowd. I did like the idea of a boombox flooring and walls, which both looked quite cool. The “jumping in the water” scenes were also looked awesome, especially as the camera captures the falling water droplets/splashes. The stage set was a good set-up, but I think the crowd element around the stage would have been more interesting. I also think the actual stage could have also been more bombastic and dynamic through some cooler lighting or a stronger background on a screen (think of a screen like in TREASURE’s I LOVE YOU music video). I am not entirely sure of the scenes where the members are in a bubble in space. Feels a bit random to me.
The performance was super great. Not much jumping happening in the choreography, as that would have been a massive undertaking whilst also performing live. Instead, the performance focuses more on a subtle approach to things, which works well with the song. I did like the footwork that could be seen in the performance, especially in the final chorus. Also at the end was the presence of a skipping rope. This would have been an interesting element to the performance (and quite relevant, given that it involves the idea of jumping). But it was such a brief moment at the end of the performance that just doesn’t feel like it could have been appreciated fully.
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.6/10