Rookie K-Pop Girl Group (G)I-dle Returns With 'Hann (Alone)': Watch the Music Video

G-idle "Hann
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G-idle, "Hann"

Rising Korean girl group (G)I-dle released their second single “Hann (Alone)” on Tuesday (Aug. 14), coming just three months since they made their debut in May.  

Starting off with a haunting whistling melody, “Hann” is a creeping dance-pop song built on sleek strings, echoing harmonies and vibrant, tinny percussion. The atmospheric tune moves between deadpan raps and sweet verses and eventually leads into the “woo-hoo-hoo” of the chorus, recalling the whistling sound that is heard throughout.  

“Hann,” which is stylized “Hann (–)” in Korean, was co-written by member Soyeon and songwriter Big Sancho, aka Yummy Tone, and is about trying to forget a past lover. Its title appears to refer to the Korean concept of han, which denotes cultural collective feelings of injustice, helplessness, isolation and oppression from outside sources.

The music video for the song transforms the members of (G)I-dle into stylish goddesses as they dance around classically inspired sets, switching off between fashionable, colorful athleisure and flowing black-and-white looks. The group is seen performing choreography that recalls the lyrics, during which they sweep aside and push away their past. Scorpions and gun-like movie cameras add a dangerous element to the short video, as the six sing about ridding themselves of a dangerous love.

“Hann (Alone)” is only (G)I-dle’s second single, but comes after May's moombahton-laden "Latata" made them one of this year's most promising new Korean girl groups. The song debuted at No. 4 on the World Digital Song Sales chart that month, and their album I AM similarly peaked at No. 5 on the World Albums chart.

Within 12 hours of its release, the music video for "Hann" surpassed 2 million views on YouTube. Watch it here: