Eric Nam Dances into Hearts with Cant Assist MyselfWritten through Chelsea On July 19, 2016If Eric Nams freshfree up of the unmarried Cant Assistance Myself has showedthe rest for me, its that Eric Nam is only delightful. He has that slow-burn more or lessair of secrecythat can take a couple of musical encounters to sink its claws in, yet once it does, youre hooked.
Whether it was once his feels-inducing release of Just right For You, his appearance at KCON, his duet with Red Velvets Wendy, or his adorable fake-marriage to Mamamoos Solar on We Were given Married, 2016 has in reality been the year for Eric Nam to shine. Its no marvel that over the last few months hes recruited fairlysome of our Seoulbeats writers into his fan club, and it sounds as if that with Cant Assist Myself I have become the latest member.
Cant Help Myself is a summer groove music in the similar vein as Justin Timberlakes recent Cant Prevent the Feeling. As a substitute of the funky backing beat of the latter, Eric takes to his signature guitar and infuses the upbeat track with pop components that make it a catchy, exciting new sound to pay attention from the artist. We know that beneath his recent string of emotional ballads, theres been a dork waiting to wreck free, and Cant Help Myself is precisely that opportunity for the singer.
In Cant Help Myself were offered to Eric Nam as the dork smitten with a sexywoman he encounters day-to-day at the bus stop. In an try to woo her, he tries on a lot of personas whilst also making an attempt to blow their own horns some impressive abilities like magic tricks and dip recipes. Never being discouraged, he endures failure after failure, coming back with more vibrato each and every day. Similar tounderstanding how to overcome AlphaGo, Eric Nam tries to infer a option to win her heart. When he can now not take it, he drops all pretenses and serenades her at the bus ahead of pulling her away to a romantic dinner and (hopefully) winning her heart.
Not most effective is his dedication completely endearing, but each one Eric Nam incarnation in the MV is more fascinating than the last. Its demanding not to swoon a little for the artist as you watch him as a significant newscaster, competitive pineapple dip pusher, busker or geography nerd. Not taking himself too seriously, Eric Nam doesnt hesitate to poke amusing at himself (and recent news stories) in every of those incarnations, either. The MV capabilities WGM-style interview segments, Eric getting hit in the face with flurries of pretend snow, the dorkiest smiles you've ever seen, and dancing.
The ultimate nail in my Eric Na- loving coffin got here when that man started to groove with reckless abandon. Theres arguably little capacity to his moves, yet theres a jovial finesse to them that will solely come from the authentic enjoyment he feels appearing the song or in all probability from the feeling of being so enamored with someone. Still not certain why he determined to get dressed up as Michael Jackson and pelvic thrust, but I appreciate it all of the same.
Aside from the quirky cuteness of the MVs plot, I have a few similarlyvital observations to get off my chest. First, Eric Nam is solelya couple of aviators short of being a childedition of Whos Your Mama era JYP. If he doesnt benefit from that on an episode of SNL Korea soon, itll be the type of waste. Second, the feminine lead of the MV is a dead-ringer for Exos Xiumin. Third and most significantlyI'm hopelessly now an Eric Nam stan.
Everything about Cant Help Myself, is sticky, much like Eric Nam himself. While I enjoyed the track instantly, it took a few listens before I used to betotally hooked. The song starts off hesitant, just like Erics efforts to woo the girl. In the process the first chorus, he gains confidence, proudly belting that he doesnt needany one else in his life. The bridge featuring Loco doesnt upload much, but it does supplya pleasingalternate of vocal dynamics before Eric Nam swoops in for the very last chorus. His candy voice is the sort that encourages you to feel the happiness of the song, and its simple to staymaking a song along even after the track is finished.
Unfortunately, Erics foolish dance moves in the MV are equally sticky and I cant not bop my head along, struggling with the urge to moonwalk and do celebratory fist pumps when Im taking note of the song in public.
With such a lot personality packed into a single song and MV, Cant Help Myself marks every otherluck for Eric Nam. As he continues to gain media exposure in South Korea, I could bein a position to but hope we see more equally relaxing releases from him in the future.
Readers, have you hopped on the Eric Nam stan teach yet?
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