WHAT IS A CONCEPT?!

CLC are back with a new EP and the title track and accompanying visual are everything that fans could want.

Black Dress is one of those songs that screams bop from the first measure as the production has a good amount of thump, a solid melodic line, and enough underlying beat changes to keep things interesting without overwhelming the singers.  The best part about this track is that, while we still hear a little of her influence in sections, this is a song that doesn’t sound like a Hyuna leftover and gives the ladies space to be more themselves than a lackluster imitation of someone else.

The vocals are good.  While we don’t get as much harmony from the ladies as we usually do, this still has them showing off their pipes as soloists and really making the track work.  Everyone has a unique sound to them–making them easier to tell apart–and everyone comes in with their own style of sass, not overdone for the milder singers while hitting hard for the rapper and confident leads.

The lyrics are a bit of a surprise.  Unlike Pepe, which sounded cute but was ultimately a tell-off to a dude who wouldn’t leave them alone, this track is all about making themselves over to please the man in their life.  While there are aspects of assertiveness in sections, it is surprising that this song doesn’t really have the backbone you think it would with the imagery and the overall style.  We were expecting more Freekum Dress and got Party.  But everything hangs together well and the song makes sense even if the theme isn’t what we hoping for.

The great thing about this track when teamed with the visual aspect is that this satisfies the many sides of their fandom.  You get ferocity for the Hobgoblin stans, vocals for the Where Are You? lovers, and choreo for the Pepe babies.  This song is addictive and really has managed to elevate this group in a way that a lot of their previous singles have not.  We don’t know if they’ll stick with this style of music next time, but this is probably where they’ll lean when they finally drop a full album.

There will likely be a [CC] button in the player at some point but, until then, enjoy pop!gasa‘s translation.

Lyrics:
Black black
Yeah Can you see me now, huh?
Black dress
Black

Take a guess
I don’t even know myself today
Maybe it’s ok to go crazy
Don’t wanna be dragged around anymore
I just want you to feel it
Dance with my dress

Put on perfume only for you
Shining brighter than a diamond
Bling bling on my body

So I can be a little more clear
When I show myself, black dress

I’m in the black dress
A black dress for you
I’m feeling good today, I like this feeling
How about you? U Ok? I’m ok
Black dress

Today, I picked out a black dress
I won’t be tainted by anything else inside
Color me with your own color
Make a masterpiece

So tell me now, what are you attracted to?
Come here and find it, something in my dress

Putting on makeup just for you
Let’s get closer than yesterday
You know this feeling too

So I can be a little more clear
When I show myself, black dress

I’m in the black dress
A black dress for you
I’m feeling good today, I like this feeling
How about you? U Ok? I’m ok
Black dress

I feel you trembling, I want you
I know deep inside, you want me baby
Look straight into my eyes, be honest
This is for you

What’re you hesitating for?
Put away those thoughts
Follow your instincts

Black dress
A black dress for you

I’m feeling good today, I like this feeling
How about you? U Ok? I’m ok
Black dress

Oh oh oh oh
I’m in the black dress
Oh oh oh oh
A black dress for you
Oh oh oh oh
I’m in the black dress

How about you? U Ok? I’m ok
Black dress

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