I don’t know if it’s that I’ve suddenly discovered a deep and driving need for girl groups or if it’s that girl groups have found a sound that I’m more inclined to adoring, or if I’ve gotten better at finding (or being directed to) girl groups I am destined to love. Whatever it is, I’ve suddenly found myself with a stable of go-to ladies that I’m having a hard time turning off. I’m not mad about it, I’m not complaining, I’m just interested in getting to the root of this new reality.
(G)i-dle, written in Hangul as (여자)아이들, is the newest girl group on Cube Entertainment, Pentagon’s label, and is one that I’ve become slightly obsessed with in a very short period of time. They are…fantastic. Let’s start with the name…in English, it’s short for GIRL-I-DLE. Now when I first caught sight of that, I thought for sure it had something to do with girdles and I was a bit put off. Then I took a moment, looked at the Hangul, and realized my error. It is seriously Girl Idol. They are a girl group called Girl Idol. That’s so darned honest it hurts. I am a simple person with a simple mind. This speaks to me.
There are six very talented members in the group with unique styles (or good stylists) and interesting appearances. Soyeon, aptly filling the role of both vocalist and rapper, was a popular contestant on Produce 101 and also finished season three of Unpretty Rapstar as the second runner-up. She debuted as a solo artist with two songs before it was announced that she would be a part of the company’s new group. She has so much poise and professionalism, it’s clear even in their debut video that she already has an insane amount of experience.
I am certainly not saying that the other members have any less. There’s a long list of things that each have done prior to making their debut that just goes to show how hard trainees work before finally being recognized as artists. It’s also clear, yet again, that Cube Entertainment is the champ at recognizing the talent of trainees not given a fair shake at other labels. Miyeon was a trainee for YG and Soojin was a trainee for DN Entertainment. The others have been in a long list of commercials, cover videos, and labelmate videos. Seriously, the amount of experience each of the women has is impressive and it shows.
LATATA, their debut title track is fabulous. There is nothing cutesy about it at all. The backing track is interesting, their voices are beautiful and used as instruments, sometimes slipping in a more minor key, sometimes staying upbeat. Despite the obvious and predictable sexy styling with some of their outfits, the dancing is hard and focused. They wear FLATS. I’m seriously on the hunt for some of those outfits, but I don’t know how they’ll fly in the office. I’ll let you know.
I know a lot of readers aren’t big girl group fans, but if you’re like a few chicks I know (Ahem, Stephanie) and say that you don’t like the ladies but you’re down with Red Velvet, I would suggest you check them out. So totally worth it.