Left & Right
Thirteen-member idol group SEVENTEEN have long exuded self-confidence, and that’s what they impart to youth faced with an uncertain future. Heng:garæ, named after a Korean term that equates to raising someone up in celebration like a child or golden-goal hero, seeks to inspire and empower through music and message. “Fearless” sets the tone with primal Imagine Dragons-like energy. There’s profound maturity coursing through “Kidult”, which looks at growing older without losing childlike glee. “Together” takes it even further, moving beyond the past, embracing the present (even simple pleasures like eating ramen) and aiming towards the future. Beyond the big picture, Heng:garæ brings rhythmic pleasures; “Left & Right” tickles with its retro soul references (plug this into your next “Cupid Shuffle” group dance party), and “My My” unites the vocal and rap lines under a moombahton groove, getting down just for the funk of it.