Release Date: April 27, 2020
- Flower Tea
OH MY GIRL is a 7-member girl group formed by WM Entertainment. They debuted in 2015 with their EP Oh My Girl and the single Cupid. To date, their Korean discography (excluding repackages) consists of 1 full-length album, two special release EP’s, three digital singles, four compilation songs and seven regular release EP’s.
The latest of their EP’s is called NONSTOP, and it features the album title track as its lead single.
OH MY GIRL is a group that has historically had a very soft and girly sound. Many of their songs are not exactly what one would call hard-hitting or anything that people would be bumping out of their speakers to test their subwoofers.
A small shift in their musical style started in 2018 with their EP Remember Me with songs such as the title track and Twilight that had a very slight edge. It wasn’t until they hit the Queendom stage in 2019 that OH MY GIRL transformed.
Their cover of Lovelyz’s Destiny and their original final episode song Guerilla showed that they were more than a girl group who can sing pretty lovey-dovey songs. Coming in second place on the show, they entered 2020 with momentum on their side.
So does this new EP continue their good fortune? Based on the title song, the answer is yes. Nonstop is infectious and playful, which fits the group like a glove. The goofy video, with its cheesy effects, only enhances the playful feeling even more.
The real surprise on this EP is the album cut Dolphin. It has some real funkiness to it and is a refreshing change to OH MY GIRL’s sound. The song is an excellent follow up to the title track as it shares the same carefree nature. Its video is also ridiculous in a low budget kind of way.
The last song worth discussing is the only ballad present on this EP called Flower Tea. It’s not the most exciting song and is a little abrupt in its placement as it interrupts the overall flow built up by the tracks before it. That is not a knock against the song. It’s quite relaxing, but it probably should have been at the end rather than the EP’s middle.
The one thing that caught me off guard about this particular track is understanding the meaning behind the lyrics. On the one hand, you can look at this song as being about lovers enjoying some tea alone. On the other hand, you can take the song as a come-on for some teabag deep action and taking that flower. Your interpretation may depend on where your mind is when you hear the “Take my flower” line. Are you a puritan or one of a dirty mind?
Overall this EP is a short but fun musical journey that shows that OH MY GIRL doesn’t always have to be sweet pop fairies 24/7.