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K-Pop Double-Take: After School's Lizzy Fuses Trot With Film Music On Her Innovative Debut Solo Single 'Not An Easy Girl' [VIDEO]

By Jesse Lent | January 28, 2015 09:17 PM EST


K-Pop Double-Take is a weekly column highlighting recent releases that have yet to receive the attention we feel they deserve.

As a member of the South Korean girl group After School, as well as the band's offshoot Orange Caramel, singer Park "Lizzy" Soo Young has appeared on many of the most innovative K-pop tracks in recent memory.

On her first single as a solo artist, "Not An Easy Girl," released on Thursday, Lizzy shows that she doesn't need her bandmates to turn out quality pop songs, blending the 100-year-old Korean musical tradition of trot with the sound of a retro film score to create a sound unlike any other.

There is a generally cinematic quality to "Not An Easy Girl," not even specific to one genre the county.

Though the music video is an homage to the 1961 South Korean drama "Chunhyang," according to Asian Junkie, the sound of the single has traces of styles beyond that nation's borders. Musical scores from 1970s Bollywood to 1980s Hollywood are at work in the sound, the result an almost dizzying kaleidoscope of textures and styles, all in the name of fun.

Even the choice of having Korean comedian Jeong Hyeong Don throw down a rap on the song, cements the fact that "Not An Easy Girl" is more of a vignette than a dance single.

To set aside the boldness to use elements of trot music, a style reportedly even used as a propaganda tool by the South Korean government, as just one color in a complex picture, it is impressive anytime you see a pop artist as willing to push the envelope as Lizzy clearly is.

That's when truly magical things can happen in pop culture, wherever you are.

Watch the music video for "Not An Easy Girl" from After School And Orange Caramel vocalist Lizzy and featuring comedian Jeong Hyeong Don RIGHT HERE

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