Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday! Often I feel that our K-Pop ladies don’t get the recognition they deserve, so this week we’re looking at a couple more underrated girl group releases that certainly deserve your attention.
Mirror - FIESTAR
FIESTAR has been on the K-Pop scene since 2012, but we never hear much about them despite their clear talents. “Mirror” was released in 2015 and is the second-to-last release the group has to date before the unofficial hiatus they’ve been on since 2016. “Mirror” is a unique concept that doesn’t quite fit into a broad spectrum of cute, sexy or edgy; it’s more of its own mix of things. The song is incredibly melancholy and expresses the feelings of listlessness that can be associated with depression. We don’t often see groups portray this kind of feeling, especially girl groups, which makes “Mirror” an even more special and unique concept.
Liar Liar - Oh My Girl
Only this year has Oh My Girl managed to reach higher on Korean music charts, despite debuting in 2015. “Liar Liar” is a sophomore release that is bright and cheery, which fits the girls very well. Although it may not seem so on the surface, “Liar Liar” is a certified banger that brings high-energy in its wake, yet still seems to be overshadowed by other releases such as “Closer,” which was well received all around. Oh My Girl has certainly struggled to get into the spotlight since debuting, but there is no doubt that they’re a group of talented ladies with a lot to offer the genre.
You Don’t Love Me - SPICA
I feel very strongly about SPICA and their vocal talent, which we have sadly lost to groups from bigger labels. “You Don’t Love Me” is a single release from 2014 that showcases the powerful vocals the members have to offer with a unique 1950s concept that mixes sexy and humorous elements. We haven’t seen an aesthetic anything like “You Don’t Love Me” since, which is a huge disappointment in my opinion. The girls focused on a new angle that isn’t often explored in K-Pop, a practice that certainly should be more widely used. It’s unfortunate that many agencies stick to formulas that “work” instead of experimenting like this song did. SPICA members will certainly always have vocal superiority over many of their competitors, and “You Don’t Love Me” perfectly exemplifies that.