K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Dance The Night Away

Track: Dance The Night Away | Artist: Twice | Album: Summer Nights

The last time I featured Twice, I asked someone to wake me when they decided to show some progression in their music. No one followed my directions, it seems, because I was asleep for this one.


Dance The Night Away is a refreshing change of pace for Twice, long known for their addictive, cutesy hook songs like Knock Knock or Like Ooh-Aah. I’ve always been a fan of vacation-themed tracks—check out Girls’ Generation’s Holiday or Sistar’s Loving U—and Twice’s latest title track carries on that trend. Dance The Night Away is crisp, no-nonsense bubblegum pop, but there’s a facet of humanity and naïveté here that reminds me of early, more innocent K-Pop like BoA’s Atlantis Princess.

Perhaps best of all, the music video doesn’t have a single artificial set in sight, and I love it. K-Pop loves their flashy, bedazzled sets and stage lighting, and personally, I’m a bit over it. While I’ll never deny the impact of sets like those in f(x)‘s Electric Shock or 2NE1's Follow Me, among others, it’s nice to get affirmation that K-Pop idols get to go outside once in a while, you know?

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This, so far, is the only Twice single that I haven’t bought on iTunes. It’s just too...noisy? I don’t know but it makes me sad. It’s slowly growing on me mostly cuz it was everywhere on my YouTube recommendations and one of my best friends plays it often but...not yet. That said, the girls all look soooooo good in the video.