MAYDAY is the second single released by April. The title track was used as the promotional song.
Released: May 29, 2017
1. Sting (따끔)
3. YES SIR
I like how things start on the innocent note with Sting, a bouncy pop tune that is reminiscent of the style that was found with “April Story”. It’s a bit more dramatic with its strings and more drawn out chorus. It’s not particularly catchy, but there is a great energy to it that reminds me of music of mid-00’s J-Pop. I feel like the girls work wonderfully with this sound and their voices match this much better.
Unfortunately, MAYDAY is probably my least favourite of all of April’s title tracks. It changes things up by bringing something more on the straightforward pop route. There are some really fun parts to it like the “Mayday Mayday” hook and the odd darker parts. However, it is just all over the place and the overall song seems like a downgrade from the more mature and dramatic styles of “April Story”. It’s not a bad song, but sounds more like a B-side to me.
Luckily, YES SIR helps to bring something with a mix of dance/pop and dramatic synths. My biggest problem with this song is how airy the vocals are in the verses, but things get better when that explosive chorus comes in. I love the punch it brings. The music is fast-paced and has a lot of energy while focusing on that funky 80’s synth line. I wish it was a little harder hitting, but it’s a solid tune.
Overall: This is a really solid single and has three pretty decent songs. However, I believe the promoted track to be the weakest of the lot. The other two songs help to bring some great pop energy while sounding more streamlined and focused.