Nine Muses A Play with First Kiss Cliches in Lip 2 LipWritten by way of Qing On August 11, 2016Nine Muses is a extraordinarily under-appreciated ladycrew that has had a troublesome history having undergone no lower than8 line-up adjustments over their six-year career. Yet theyve in some wayhung on and perseveredto position out pretty forged songs that exhibit their vocal and rapping skills. This year, they are back with a new sub-unit, Nine Muses A, and a identifytune that makes an ideal addition to any K-pop summer playlist.
The idea for Lip 2 Lip is relatively simple—its a song about kissing. The MVs playful method is what makes it fun: it plays around with the stereotypes of a first kiss, and by extension takes aside the naturalsymbolfrequentlyrelated alongside first love in South Korea.
The MV opens in what turns out to be a childs playroom. The walls are pastel purple, a toy educate chugs along its tracks, and the ground is littered with childrens books, a small tricycle, and filled bears. The ladiesglance out of place, and I used to be about to bring a side-eye at the un-Nine-Muses-ness of the concept. Fortunately, when Hyemi snatches Kyungris scrapbook, a close-up on it supplies reassurance that this is not any overdone cutesy MV.
The theme of the scrapbook page is First Kiss. Yetas an alternative of depicting concepts of pureness and innocence, the decided onpicturesspotlight desire. Here'smaximum noticeable in the text LOVE LUST placed next to an image of a topless guy hugging his lover, his hand on her thigh. The women fantasize about how their first kiss would unfold: Keumjo imagines the gentle bulb comfortably blowing out to create the very bestsetting for a kiss, whilst Hyemi shots the kiss happening when her boyfriend hands her a present and their hands touch. Kyungri ditches the living-room setting in favour of a kiss in the rain.
The girls fantasies could also be ridden with clichés of awkward, adorable first kisses, but those are contrasted opposed tomain points pointing to sexual enchantment and tension. Hyemi glimpses her boyfriends toned abs as he changes the misguidedpale bulb, a picturethis is added to the primary snog page of the scrapbook. There also is the habitual motif of food and eating, which is usually a metaphor for sex: Keumjo and her love pastime drink orange juice, and Hyemi, Keumjo, and Kyungri consume a bar of chocolate at quite so much ofissues in the video (its almost definitelynow not too much of a stretch here to understand that toned abs are referred to as chocolate abs).
Yet the MV isn't too over-the-top or exploitative in its sexual suggestiveness, opting in its place for a playful approach that works smartly with the peppy song. The sensual shot of Sojin kissing her topless boyfriend is balanced by the pop colors of the lipstick stains on his shoulder. The suggestive series of the contributorsactingbare is toned down by their playful expressions and the big, raspberry-pink lip-shaped cushion they carry.
The mischievous tone is sealed by the twist at the end. Hyemi and Kyungri realize their boyfriend is a similar person:
Late at night, call from a friend
Your face is at theimage of my new boyfriend?
Instead of breaking into hysterics, Hyemi tosses her telephone away and Kyungri drops her scrapbook unceremoniously. The finishing pokes a laugh at the conference of more than one members mooning over one love interest in a MV, and presents an unexpected, logical explanation why their fantasies concernedthe similar guy.
Given the relentless line-up changes the crowd has been put through, a sub-unit is perhapsan nice way for audience to develop intoaware of the more moderen members, Sojin and Keumjo, who joined closing year. Even though Lip 2 Lip doesnt bring the rest radically new to the table, its a excellent summer bop with a fittingly vigorous dance, accompanied by a MV with some cheeky surprises.
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