strawberry milk ok
About a month ago my friend and I were talking about how Orange Caramel’s act has grown a little stale and how we miss the days of “A~ing” (arguably their finest moment next to “Lipstick”). The trio’s once-polarizing tackiness has been eroded thanks to their new europop sound and pretty image (fronted by Nana, who looks like some white model), making Orange Caramel the cutesy K-poppers that are cool to like and accepted by all.

This has left Crayon Pop as K-pop’s cornballs, who, after a flash of popularity last year, are now back to being considered a joke — just like Orange Caramel used to be. Unlike OC, CP still look little girls, their outfits aren’t kitschy twists on trendy fashion, and their music doesn’t try to pander to people who typically abhor cute concepts like OC’s now does.

What’s the point in stanning for an aegyo group if they aren’t sugary enough to piss off the dumb dumbs at Seoulbeats and Netizenbuzz? How boring.

Crayon Pop, a.k.a. Slayon Pope or The Divine Five, have now made a concentrated effort to fill the space OC abandoned with the launch of their first sub-unit, Strawberry Milk.

The duo, made up of Crayon Pop’s plastic fantastic twins ChoA and Way, haven’t just snatched the candy-coated J-pop image OC used to sport — they’ve taken the sound of Japan as well.

Their hyperactive debut single, “OK,” is essentially just vintage Japanese idol pop with a light K-pop gloss to make it slightly more commercial. It’s like a trip back in time, capturing the classic J-pop sound that’s now been diluted by EDM, and the upbeat 1960s pop-rock that influenced the genre.

ChoA and Way deliver their lines like cheerleaders hopped up on ChocoBalls and soda, chanting endless lalalas and chirping deliriously cute lyrics that read like a checklist of traits a good boyfriend should have.

When picking what to eat / you chose what I want / you deliciously feed me / OK! OK!” they sing. “When I’m in a rush and have no makeup on / You tell me my bare face is pretty too.”

The music video is heaven for anybody that loves a good cute concept, with the 24-year-old twins looking a mix between an innocent first crush and the adorable little sisters you always wanted.

“OK” has already tanked in Korea, but not to worry; Crayon Pop have signed a Japanese record deal and are preparing to officially debut in the country soon, which explains Strawberry Milk’s J-pop concept.

Hopefully they’ll take off overseas, because I’d hate to see Strawberry Milk lumped in the same category as useless forgotten sub-units like Jewelry-S, ZE:A FIVE, Dasoni, and uBeat.

At the very least they deserve a top thirteen Oricon hit like QBS, a.k.a. the superior TTS!

  • talinekae

    I’d be pissed if they didn’t record a Japanese music video ver for OK while recording the Korean one. This would do the twins wonders in Japan, and it would be a drag for them to have to remake the whole video since this one is perfect.

  • lol you’re always so cute on your defenses that i can’t help but second guess myself. i didn’t pay much attention to SM on the first listening, but i enjoyed the video although i’m pretty sure they’re useless as hell lol

    HOWEVER, choa and way are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cute to ignore <3

  • Johnnyyy

    Superwoman is Orange Caramel’s best song. “I’m just fine” gets me every time.

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    fucking flawless kweens

  • Nicole Naeun

    Luving the innocence and happy vibes from this song! See, Crayon Pop is better when they’re not such try-hards and just let their true colours show instead of making fake ones. Let’s forget that flop trot era (I can’t even remember the name’s of the song) and start fresh!

    P.S. Can’t believe these bitches ripped off the iconic ‘Countryside Life’ MV for the chore MV lmao!

  • Sunny

    it was too soon for them to have a subunit imo. they only hit it big like last year.

  • Marhaebwa


    You wrong for that…though: (Hyoyeon >>>>>>>>>) CP >>> Jessica >> TTS

  • Prada Noona

    Ever since I listened to “A~ing” over two years ago, it has not only remained my favorite OC song but one of my top kpop jams. I enjoy all OC comebacks, but they could go back to their older tackier image for their next comeback since My Copycat was a huge flop for them.

    I’m also in the middle of giving 1989 a first listen, and even though I’m not being slayed like I did when I first listened to Red (correction: I’m slayed every time I listen to that album), the tracks seem to be growers. So far, the b-sides are better than “Shake It Off”.

  • What?! They’ve failed in Korea? How do ju know…?
    *pushing glasses higher onto nose*

  • Sorry, halfway through the choreo video I could only focus on their knockers…bigger than Sunny’s. :o