Easily one of the longer discussions i’ve had with these boys. But then again, how long have we kinda sorta known each other? I was really nervous because I needed to talk to Kiseop and well…me and Kiseop have always been so awk with each other XDD I was amazingly flustered after talking to AJ so…
"If the group still doesn’t win #1 with this album, I only hope that Korea would recognize UKISS as a musically progressive and fearless group - a group that refuses submit to mediocrity of what K-Pop should only sound like."
In spite of the delay, Korean Pop group UKISS finally unveiled the music video of their title track, “돌아돌아 (DORADORA)”, from their sixth mini-album of the same title. According to the title track description, “DORADORA” is a "funky dubstep track that will be accompanied by a powerful dance". The track also promises to showcase UKISS’ musical maturity. Did the title tack indeed lived up to the hype? As much as I draw the line between a fan and a “mature listener”, I certainly think they did.
According to Kevin, one of the members of the group, “DORADORA” means “‘going crazy’ or ‘crazy crazy’”. Having read the translated version of the lyrics, the song reminded me of their previous release, “Shut Up!”. If I’m not mistaken, “DORADORA” emanates the feeling of man cheated by his girlfriend. The reason why he is “crazy crazy” is because he is getting dizzy from his own anger that he wants her to leave. Staying true to the lyrics, the music video invites us to come inside the struggling topsy-turvy heads of the UKISS members. Anti-gravity camera tricks were used a lot in this video, especially when the members where inside a room - complete with a bed and all. These tricks give an illusion of one of the members standing up when he’s actually really lying down and vice versa. Another is the spinning camera trick which is obvious on why it has been used.
The song has a lot of grunge in it which the boys channeled perfectly from the set, the wardrobe, and the choreography. The music video opens with the boys projecting in sprawling in different areas around the couch. Both the couch and the floor are covered in spray paint that the boys personally “autographed”. I think the director wanted something different from the typical grunge set of street graffiti.
Honestly, I loved how the boys were made to wear plain white shirts (others have their sleeves rolled up) to tastefully contrast the set. This leads me to another aspect of the music video that I personally enjoyed - the fashion. If i’m not mistaken, the boys had four wardrobe changes. Other than “DORADORA” being a funky dubstep track, I thought that it was more of a rock song. Sure, there were elements of dubstep in there, but I remember the sounds of the electric guitar more.
This combination of black and red leather will be forever one of my favorite outfits from UKISS. And even though they’re considered a unit, their individual styles shone through. The outfits also gave off a sexy vibe, even without asking them to take their clothes off. My only argument though was Kiseop’s look, who is donning red from head to toe. I thought his red hair was enough. Although he is one of the visuals (and my bias), his monochromatic look was quite painful to watch. I think I would give credit to the stylists this time. There was a balance of dark and light wardrobe sets. (Although I still would like to joke around about how the boys raided B1A4’s accessory closet.) Another wardrobe for their dance was this combination of white and khaki clothes with metal accessories. It was quite refreshing and sexy at the same time.
I think it came as a warning when the boys mentioned that the choreography was filled with sexy waves. As far as I’ve watched these boys, THIS is their sexiest choreography yet. It was like “Forbidden Love” raised to the nth level! (Actually, I’m struggling not to scream while writing this review.) Pushing my fangirl self aside, the choreography is a breather compared to that of “Neverland”. Prior to their comeback last year, the boys faced a lot of injuries and difficulty with the intense choreography. They may not be the best dance group, but I’ve never seen someone doing dubstep as cool as UKISS. Nearly reaching its fourth year in the music industry, UKISS continues to struggle finding the right formula to become a notable group in Korea. SHINee and 2PM, who have debuted at the same time with UKISS, have already their good share of the spotlight. There are even rookie groups who have surpassed them. Although I am a big fan of the group, I couldn’t guarantee that UKISS would finally get the attention they long deserve. “DORADORA” is awesome in itself, however, the group will continue to battle it out with other boy groups who have the same grunge feel. It’s probably a trend between boy groups nowadays - mixing grunge and sexy, choosing one over the other or combining a particular element with another. However, UKISS chose to experiment with this different genre and try to make it their own. If the group still doesn’t win #1 with this album, I only hope that Korea would recognize UKISS as a musically progressive and fearless group - a group that refuses submit to mediocrity of what K-Pop should only sound like.