The girl group returned with a darker, sexier image than they've showed in the past.
Following 4Minute’s disbandment and Beast’s departure from Cube Entertainment in 2016, the Korean music agency started 2017 with a shift in direction from its newest girl group CLC. The act’s new album Crystyle was released Tuesday and featured the single “Hobgoblin,” which promptly rose to the top of the U.S. iTunes K-pop chart.
“Hobgoblin” is an EDM trap song co-written by HyunA and the team of writers who wrote 4Minute’s 2015 hit “Crazy.” Fittingly, “Hobgoblin” is a sonic sequel to the 4Minute song, with its frenetic snares and dramatized raps delivered over a building, uptempo beat. The new single marks a turning point for CLC, thanks to its heavy integration of rap and overall a more intense sound. In contrast, the septet’s 2016 releases -- "No Oh Oh," "High Heels," and "Chamisma" -- were bright pop songs.