Imagine spending years training to be a K-Pop idol with one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world – the one responsible for global superstars like BTS. You watch as other girl groups relentlessly get compared to one another no matter how different they are, especially aware of how cruel people online can be. And then you get ready for your debut while the whole world is watching.
That’d be terrifying for most people, but if you’re in LE SSERAFIM, it’s no sweat. The group name itself is an anagram for “I’M FEARLESS!” And ‘FEARLESS’ is just what they are on their debut mini-album of the same name. Chaewon, Eunchae, Garam, Kazuha, Sakura, and Yunjin absolutely blew us away on every track, so we wanted to give you a little run-down of what makes each song so amazing. Let’s go!
‘The World Is My Oyster’
The mini-album kicks off with a short form club banger that sets the record straight about the girls’ intentions: “I want to take up the challenge… the world is my oyster.” Thematically, it gives us a similar vibe to aespa’s ‘aenergy’ – both tracks introduce the groups’ goals and vibe so well while getting us hyped to hear the rest of their respective mini-albums. We could totally see this being the intro to their concerts once the lights go down and they’re getting ready to take the stage.
Now we get to the bop and a half that is the EP’s title track, ‘FEARLESS!’ Not gonna lie, our K-Pop-loving Swiftie hearts are soaring at that title. ‘FEARLESS’ has such a fun retro-pop feel that reminds us of artists like Dua Lipa, but still manages to feel fresh and exciting. The girls get to show off their vocal talents, ranging from stable to soaring, and every line is oozing with their signature confidence. We challenge you to listen without getting that “whatcha lookin’ at, whatcha, whatcha lookin’ at?” hook stuck in your head.
‘Blue Flame’ is a sleek, base-driven song that we’ll totally be adding to our summer playlists! Even with the instrumental’s playful, fun vibes, the girls’ vocals sound so elegant and polished. It carries on the feeling of ‘FEARLESS’ so well and we couldn’t imagine another song being the third track on the mini-album. Chaewon and Yunjin helped write the lyrics about their feelings on their then-upcoming debut, so this really feels like a full-circle moment.
On a side note… where can we get the outfits from this showcase performance??
‘The Great Mermaid’
‘The Great Mermaid’ is just as alluring and mystical as it sounds. It returns to the electropop, synth influences of ‘The World Is My Oyster’ in such an addictive way, and the lyrics even feel like a twisted version of The Little Mermaid. This time, Ariel “don’t need such twisted love, love story” and stands her ground against anything that challenges her. Not gonna lie, we freaked out when the chorus began with “I don’t give a sh*t” – it’s so rare to hear a K-Pop group curse, especially when they’re rookies, and we’re loving the badass energy they’re bringing.
The mini-album closes with ‘Sour Grapes,’ which was largely inspired by Aesop’s “The Fox And The Grapes” short story – the story is about a fox who can’t reach grapes he wants to eat from a tall vine, so he simply dismisses them and decides they were bad grapes anyway. The girls spin the fox’s attitude to be one about love, describing their desire to feel a deep connection with someone before flipping the script and questioning whether a chance at love is worth a chance at heartbreak. Music-wise, the song combines guitar elements, trap beats, and LE SSERAFIM’s stunning vocals. It’s lived in our heads rent-free ever since our first listen!
So what do you think of LE SSERAFIM and FEARLESS? Did you add any songs to your favorite K-Pop playlist? Tell us in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And for more K-Pop music recs, click here.