It’s not often that we see collaborations between idols and indie artists, and when we do it’s almost always some terribly safe, acoustic pop/rap duet. Thankfully, KARA‘s Gyuri has avoided those genre clichés with her new single, a special (and totally random) collaboration with electronic duo From The Airport called “The Little Prince.”

As far as K-indie goes, From The Airport is more on the mainstream side. They’re signed to the same agency as big names like Clazziquai and Urban Zakapa, they’ve made it onto Indie Shuffle and played SXSW, and many of their songs sound like could be legitimate top forty hits in the Europe–which is exactly why they’re perfect for a glossy girl group goddess like Gyuri.

From The Airport exorcise almost all the rock shards that usually occupy a portion of their sound to give Gyuri a soaring synthpop backdrop that’s only a couple of tweaks away from becoming full-fledged glittery EDM. There’s a few funky guitar riffs throughout, which might give some of you Sweetune flashbacks (how could they not when paired with those synths and Gyuri vocals).

The guitars are more present in the b-side, “Return,” which does away with the niceties of “The Little Prince” for cheerleader chants and electro-rock.

I wouldn’t call either track an absolute masterpiece or anything, but they’re pretty strong and Gyuri could have a future in the genre. Her voice is made for it; it’s airy and feminine enough to do neutered coffee shop k-indie, but strong enough to do other stuff too. Plus, her vocal colour is quite distinctive.

Gyuri may have just found a post-KARA career for herself.

  • beat

    Sounds sick. Its great to see KARA are focusing more on Korea again. I hope they do another comeback later this year to rebuild the popularity that they’re slowly losing due to Nicole and JiYoung leaving.

  • Sunny

    normally i like anything KARA-related (and Gyuri is a goddess queen from Venus) but I really didn’t like how her voice sounded throughout the entire song. Impressive instrumental though. Very glossy. Never heard of From The Airport but i dig their music style.

  • I loved the song. It’s nice to see them trying new genres and I’m looking forward to more colabs like this

  • CaptainJoeHook

    There was always something about Gyuri’s voice I didn’t really like. With this I’ve realized it’s because she’s indie at heart.

    Also my hands went up to the lord when I clicked into the ‘absolute masterpiece’ link. Song of 2014.

  • Db

    This was such a pleasant surprise. More idols should venture into the indie realm.

    Moon Hyuna’s collaborated twice with House Rulez.

  • That b-track is so fun! Wonder how this came about.

  • The fact alone that Gyuri gave herself the nickname Goddess makes her the ‘Bionic era Christina’ of kpop. Then comes her power vocals.

  • Riley Biers

    this is better than all of KARA’s recent singles!

    • lildarien

      Who is this?? It looks like Nana..

  • KingBeaArthur

    Fun! Nice to see Gyuri trying new things away from KARA.

  • lildarien

    This is pretty sweet actually. Never been a huge gyuri fan but in this she shines.

  • Fun fact: Gyuri’s guitar seunsaeng-nim is the guitarist, Milo, from FTA! Their collaboration had been in the works for a while.