Despite having a pretty unfortunate name (the abbreviation stands for Neo Culture Technology), NCT U’s first track is a bit of a lowkey banger.  Dark and moody with heavy bass with lyrics describe a waking nightmare (except for the take it slow lines), this trip-hop track will likely alienate a lot of kpop fans due to its lack of bright melodies and cutsiness, but it fits right in with artists like Nikki Heaton and Janine and the Mixtape.  The vocals have a nice ebb and flow between the deeper voiced rappers and the soft-toned singers.  And while we’re going to flag Mark for going Okasian on us, it’s still a good opening shot.

When it comes to the group itself…that’s all gimmick.  As NCT U is apparently a subunit of the main act, you would think it would be silly to debut the subunit before the main event.  Except SM Entertainment has pretty much said that the main NCT group doesn’t actually exist; it’s just a forty-plus member, ever-changing rooster of stars that will come in and out as the company decides.  We get the feeling that the company is clearing their rookie bench as well as finding something to do with their sidelined veterans.

Oh well; at least there’s this.

Translated lyrics courtesy of JpopAsia.

Lyrics:
In this cold world, I’m closing my eyes
Laying down in bed, covering my ears
Yesterday is today, today is yesterday
I’m only filled with late self-guilt
[TY/DY] We’ll take it slow
[TY/DY] Baby, baby we’ll take it slow
Oh

In the same dream I hear a familiar
song that calls to me, it connects us

It wraps around me, hate is on me
Each day repeats but it’s okay
I’m walking on top of a deep darkness
Look at what is real, that’s hidden over there

Open your eyes, quietly open your eyes
(Quietly open your eyes)
Open your eyes, now open your eyes
(Now open your eyes)
Open your eyes, quietly open your eyes
(Quietly open your eyes)
Open your eyes, now open your eyes
Yeah, yeah~

Hatred that will not go away and dreams that torture me
(Dreams)
The clock laughs at me, it does not give a single error
(Oh yeah)
I’m a mess, I don’t even know myself,
my future is colored darkly
I’m struggling, coloring this night even blacker,
ooh yeah

In this cold world, I’m closing my eyes
Laying down in bed, covering my ears
Yesterday is today, today is yesterday
I’m only filled with late self-guilt

[TY/DY] We’ll take it slow
(We’ll take it slow, take it slow)
[TY/DY] Baby, baby we’ll take it slow
Oh~

In the same dream I hear a familiar
song that calls to me (You do)
it connects us (You want, uh)

I’m still going somewhere
To an unknown place, to an unknown hall
I’m spending most of my time
In a place that’s uncomfortable even
after several nights, like an explorer
Uh, and that’s a long ass ride
Mindlessly going around until I close my eyes
I’m doubting this moment, between dreams and reality
I have something else to check,
just like you right now, uh

Open your eyes, quietly open your eyes
(Quietly open your eyes)
Open your eyes, now open your eyes
(Open your eyes)
Open your eyes, quietly open your eyes
(Quietly open your eyes)
Open your eyes, now open your eyes

Inside the irregularity that’s hard to understand (Inside)
There’s a story that’s deeply hidden (Hidden)
Eyes are being opened through this song
Your dreams are being read (Dreams)
I’ve been awakened from a deep sleep (Awakened)
My seventh sense

Oh, this night came to me
A different dream is getting closer
Now I understand, as if everything is mine

Open your eyes
Look at what’s real, open your eyes
Open your eyes
Open your eyes (I’m not alone I, I)

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