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K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Bangkok City

Seung Park Jul 04, 2018. 1 comments
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

Bangkok City is probably Orange Caramel’s least-known single, which is a crying shame; it’s one of their best, and definitely their most transformative.

At this point in their careers, Orange Caramel had released Magic Girl and A-ing, two very addictive songs with an incredibly similar J-Pop style that garnered them a sizable, if very niche, audience. They would soon turn that style on its head with their next release.

Bangkok City shares a lot of elements with classic Europop/Eurotrance, elements which would continue into their future releases. While pre-Bangkok City Orange Caramel were in danger of being typecast as J-Pop wannabes, this song set them on a track towards more experimental efforts, which would pay off with songs like Shanghai Romance:

And Lipstick:

And even more, which we’ll discuss later.

This is Orange Caramel week, an entire week dedicated to discussing one of the more fascinating girl groups to ever exist in K-Pop. (And, incidentally, one of my favorites.)

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