Earlier this year, VIXX released their first of three singles in their ambitious three-EP plan for 2016 with "Dynamite" that brought styling playing off the dark and emotional concepts the boy band has found success with, but a peppy sound that didn't totally fit musically. Luckily, the guys have found themselves in new single "Fantasy" that feels like a true return to form.
The group's latest opens with haunting piano, ominous synths and trappy percussion as the men plead to their "fantasy" of rekindling a romance only to come back to their painful reality. Before the listener realizes it, the dark opening jumps to an explosive chorus, hitting with cinematic violins and epic drums accompanying VIXX's most vocally demanding chorus to date. Tied together with a rugged rap section—which Ravi told Fuse he wrote—it all creates what is arguably VIXX's most emotional release yet; an impressive feat for this boy band.
The "Fantasy" music video spotlights VIXX's darker side too as the guys trade in the bright, bold palette from "Dynamite" for more muted blacks, whites and browns, seen via slick formal wear and military-inspired getups. There's a motif of prickly thorns and spikes throughout the visual that show the group isn't out of imagery to shock and mystify fans with yet.