Watch SPICA Go Makeup-Free in Heartfelt 'Ghost' Video
The girl group gets emotionally and visually vulnerable for their latest ballad release.
Over the summer, SPICA explored new territory with their fantastic debut English single and a sub-unit quartet SPICA.S. But the fivesome reunite for a new track screams classic SPICA while showcasing a more vulnerable side themselves.
With the airy guitar and piano production, "Ghost" is a no-frills power ballad that puts the girls' pipes at the forefront. The track comes courtesy of K-pop hitmakers Sweetune who are famous for their heavy synth and disco creations, but go for a straight-forward pop creation here. SPICA sing of an ex-lover they can't forget and want to leave behind, but he still stays with them, frustrating their thoughts so much that even when they see the person smiling it brings on tears.
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All in all, "Ghost" feels like a mix of Akdong Musician's autumnal ballad "Time and Fallen Leaves" and a classic Ailee track like "Singing Got Better." But any unoriginality music-wise is an afterthought when SPICA let their powerful pipes riff and take control of the song.
The accompanying music video is perhaps more striking than its song. In the visual, the band is seen preparing for a fashion show with member Narae and a female director working on the show are both trying to forget the same "ghost." Almost reading like a Korean drama script, the storyline sees the singer distraught and crying over the boyfriend who was dating the director at the same time. Unaware of who the other is, the girls find comfort in each other as the director wipes the singer's tears away. The visual concludes with the "ghost" coming backstage with flowers for Narae as the director walks past the now-happy couple and smiles to herself.
In addition to seeing an emotionally vulnerable side of Narae, viewers also see several members of the glam band without any makeup. Narae has several scenes where she appears barefaced, but the audience gets glimpses of the other SPICA gals with minimal coverage. It's an applaudable contrast from regular pop music videos that almost always see singers glammed up more than usual.