It’s been close to a year since the last time Infinite had a comeback, but it’s been six years since us at Seoulbeats took the time to examine their discography in full. Given that they’re coming back sometime this month, it seems only fair that we look over the plethora of music Infinite’s released since their last Side B. Today, we’re highlighting some of the hidden gems, though not all, as their good songs are in infinite supply.
Their second LP, Season 2, is easily one of their strongest releases. “Rosinate” is an immediate standout, mixing Infinite’s usual energy with a fabulously slick bassline that the members ride with aplomb. It’s a powerful song, full of grit and determination to face whatever trials life gives, matched only be the belief that they can do so as long as their girl believes in them. The wicked keytar solo on the bridge just pulls everything together. It’s a bombastic track that should be cheesy but instead works perfectly.
Speaking of cheesy yet awesome music, “I Need You Back”. A prime example of Infinite’s synth-driven work, this over-the-top plea for an ex to come back is fueled entirely by strings and desperation. Without a
It should be clear that I love Infinite’s manic energy, but range is the mark of true musicality. “Diamond” is the rare acoustic arrangement, from the repackage Be Back. The instrumentation is piano and strings, not sparse, but pared down. This places the emphasis on Infinite’s vocals, which shine here. The deft composition doesn’t shy from adlibs and pick-ups, with the track languidly flowing from member to member. It’s a warm, almost upbeat song, relying on the vocals to deliver the stinging bitterness that something this pretty is covering an ugly reality.
“Moonlight”, from the EP Reality, is a track best described as “controlled chaos”. It’s a wild mix of funky synths, falsettos, strings, adlibs, and a drumroll that sounds like Rick Astley. Trying to parse out one piece is a headache, but allowing the cluttered whole to wash over you will pull you towards the insane level of love drunk Infinite have achieved. It’s passion and feeling in its purest form, immune to more logical breakdowns, and it’s a fun ride in the process.
Usually, Infinite leans towards synthpop, but “ I Hate” allows them to get in touch with their metal side. A track from Top Seed, their first release without Hoya, “I Hate” captures the moment at the end of a relationship where the rage has kicked in but the love hasn’t died. Driven by a raucous guitar riff, the production is seedy and dark, tinged with sharper sounds and layering that buries the more melodic elements, allowing the anger to build throughout the track and cemented with short, biting deliveries from Infinite.
These are some of my favorite Infinite b-sides, but it’s far from a comprehensive list. Are there any deep cuts you have infinite love for? Leave them in the comments!