In an increasingly global society, collaborations between international artists have become more and more of a thing in recent years. Some notable collaborations include Taemin’s “Press Your Number” produced by Bruno Mars, 4Minute and Skrillex in “Hate” shortly before their disbandment, and Porter Robinson and Madeon’s “Shelter,” complete with an anime music video created by A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll (two big players in the anime community). Sistar and Giorgio Moroder’s “One More Day” is another one to add to the list.
One thing that I like about these collaborations is how different flavors from different cultures can be added into a song. While Kpop has been known to take notes from europop, especially this year, this song comes from a legend in the European music scene. With a career spanning from the 60s to today, he’s produced songs like Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” from the Top Gun soundtrack, and “Flashdance…What A Feeling” from…well, Flashdance. So needless to say his music has made its way into my own listening tastes from my childhood listening of everything 80s. But on top of this we also have Sistar, who is known mainly as the “group of summer,” since they made their entire career off the summer songs they’ve repeated ever since, like, 2012.
So, what does this collaboration bring to the table?
Well, not much different from the usual you’d find in Kpop. The song itself is a very polished piece of pop from another era (which is unsurprising since its producer is, you know, someone who made music in the 70s and 80s). You can hear the disco-eighties influence in the instrumental (which is amazing), but it doesn’t sound dated either. It feels like something Sweetune would have produced somewhere in its prime, and to me that is a good thing.
However, it’s very hard to hear anything distinctly “Sistar” within this song. It feels like Moroder really took the reins with this song and Sistar got drowned out. Unless you know Hyolyn’s voice really well, you wouldn’t know it was Sistar. In fact, had I not known about Sistar’s involvement in the track, I would have pinned this as something from 9Muses.
The video, though, is on a totally different level.
For one thing: Sistar is nowhere to be found in this music video. The other thing: Moroder only shows up a brief few seconds to announce his presence. In a way it makes me wonder if Moroder just wanted to put up this song and Sistar was the lucky group who got to do the vocals for it. Or maybe this wasn’t supposed to be a big single for Sistar, so their company felt that they didn’t need to show up. I don’t know.
But what this leaves is a music video that’s almost totally devoid of either artist present on this track (a rare thing for Kpop). It’s a risky move in Kpop, especially since the visuals of a music video can make or break a song.
But what’s so cool is how it makes the song.
Now, normally I don’t point out if a video is “well done” because that is something to be expected out of anything in Kpop. But what’s interesting about this one is the fact that the story is easy to understand for a change. It doesn’t pull any weird symbolic shit or give you a bunch of random shots for the hell of it – it gives you an actual storyline that anyone can get, whether you’re in the Kpop scene or not.
The other thing that makes it interesting is it explores some serious subjects that Kpop doesn’t normally touch on. While Kpop is no stranger to using violence or gore for a music video, it very rarely touches on social issues, national or international. Here we get two: same-sex relationships and domestic violence, and both of them are given some fair focus that doesn’t feel used for the fuck of it. Much of Kpop is so focused on selling the best pop product that it rarely touches on big issues, and to see this happening in Kpop is amazing.
The only thing that sucks about this is the fact South Korea slapped a 19+ rating on this music video (which is interesting because I’ve seen songs with more gore and violence get a 15 rating no problem), which I think is total crap and undeserved for such a great music video and song. I’m sure it’s going to be many moons before we see another social-issue related comeback, but I’m glad that I got to see this one just before the end of the year.
What did you guys think of this song? What did you think of the music video? Let me know in the comments below!