It’s been a while, but K-pop girl group EXID is back as five with the release of their new single “I Love You” on Wednesday (Nov. 21). The funky retro-pop track marks the return of lead vocalist Heo Solji, who took a break from the group last year due to hyperthyroidism-related health issues.
The new single was written by EXID’s LE with producer Shinsadong Tiger and is fronted by a bombastic sample of the repeated phrase “I love you like lalala.” Like the best of EXID’s songs, “I Love You” is an addicting dance track that revels in the group’s lush power vocals from Solji and Hyelin while pairing them with Hani and Jeonghwa’s smoother tones and LE’s fierce rap. ‘80s-inspired synths and techno melodies make appearances, continuing the group’s dedication to throwback sounds, like on April’s homage to the ’90s “Lady.”
“I wanted to come back quicker to be honest,” Solji reportedly said. “It’s a little later than I expected, which we want to apologize to fans for. But I’m glad we managed to release a record as a five-piece group this year.” She made her formal return earlier this year, when EXID released a Japanese remake of their hit song “Up & Down” in August. Prior to that, she was most recently on last year’s “DDD.”
The release of “I Love You” was paired with a humorous, Muppet-filled music video that features the women getting over heartbreak and rewinding time — literally, thanks to some VHS tapes. Only a group as confident in themselves and their music as EXID can create a video that has them posing as broken-hearted wrecks, vomiting over toilets and all, while still coming off as immensely stylish and empowered, donning both party clothes and red power suits.
Formed in 2012, EXID went viral in 2014 with their song “Up & Down” and it’s charismatic choreography, and has has made their mark on the K-pop world ever since. They’ve landed four albums on the World Albums chart since 2015.
Watch the music video for EXID’s “I Love You” here: