As we’ve come to expect from T-ara by now, it’s a bit of a weird mash of different genres and influences. There’s a French accordion in there and what sounds like a high-pitched saxophone, all over the top of a PSY-esque electro house beat. Then when you throw in the latest group concept photo (see above) of T-ara N4 dressed like a bougie Salt ‘n’ Pepa, you’ve got another typically over-the-top single from Korea’s most unsubtle girl group.
After all, these are the same girls who dressed up like cosplay kitties for “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and then filmed a music video about a half-woman, half-feline who has sex with men in nightclub bathrooms.
It’s not like this is the first time that somebody has used an accordion or saxophone in a dance track, though. Romanian stars, Alexandra Stan and Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina have had huge global hits using the instruments in their own clubby singles, and K-pop girl group, 4minute, delivered one of the best dance songs of last year with the sax-driven “Volume Up.” Not to mention Jewelry, who had the biggest K-pop hit of 2008 with their accordion-pop In-Grid cover, “One More Time.” But we think that T-ara’s “Countryside Life” could be the first time we’ve heard a K-pop act using both instruments together — that is, if the final version of the single is the same song as the one featured in the teaser.
We have to wait until May 1st to see what T-ara N4 really have in store for us, but until then, enjoy replaying the teaser over and over again, below.