I was excited about Unicorn‘s debut since I first saw their teaser photo last week. It showed five girls, some with pastel coloured hair, some with plastic surgery, pulling aegyo poses as they sat around a table filled with tacky arts and crafts. The photo promised fun and cute, but with a twist–Unicorn wasn’t going to be another Lovelyz, G-Friend, or April.
Although I was well prepared for Unicorn’s magical horn to pierce my heart and fill my world with glitter and cotton candy clouds, I was still surprised by how enchanting their debut single, “Huk,” turned out to be.
“Huk” (slang for ‘surprise,’ not bad Engrish) is even dreamier than “Dream Candy,” with shimmering synthpop and undefined transitions so the verses and choruses seamlessly blend into each other. Even the rap refrain, jacked straight from Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss,” sounds sweet against the song’s pretty synths (especially when Unicorn begin to coo it together towards the end).
The music is the work of R&B singer and top vocal trainer Kim Jo Han, who I think is handling the entire group, and the lesser known NACO, whose credits include most of Global Icon’s music and a handful of SECRET b-sides.
The song aside, Unicorn is filled with several stanworthy members. The rapper looks like the chick that quit 4L, and the maknae, named Sally (SALLY!!!), is the most ridiculous iconic maknae since Hyeri debuted. In the divine music video (which I’m in love with, obviously) she wears a giant grey wig with a butchered kimono jacket while performing aegyo in a pink shoe store. She reminds me of a gyaru model without the fake tan.
There’s also a gangnam style vocalist with huge eyes. Unicorn isn’t that beautiful by top girl group standards, but they’re charming and filled with stan attractors.
Damn you, K-pop. Stop producing flawless girl groups for me to become obsessed with! You’ve gone too far!