Orange Caramel wowed earlier this year when the trio played mermaids and human sushi in their “Catallena” video. Now, the After School splinter group return less than six months later as real-life Where’s Waldo? characters for “My Copycat.”
With a saxobeat even more addictive than SISTAR‘s “Touch My Body,” Orange Caramel’s latest mix the brass with booming, stadium chants to back their girlish coos. Raina, Nana and Lizzy sing about wanting their lover to copy their “moves” in the relationship (like remembering anniversaries, calling before bed, smiling) to ease any tensions.
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The music video truly highlights Orange Caramel’s unique style as a three-and-a-half minute visual of Where’s Waldo? and spot the difference games. The trio pose and sing in side-by-side scenes where the viewer needs to spot as many as 10 differences between the two similar images. Keeping in line with OC’s signature bizarre style, the changes include everything from neon-colored animals to the girls’ faces being manipulated with absurd cartoon eyes.
Soon, the viewer is hit with I Spy- and Where’s Waldo?-type searches with dozens of characters (like nuns, ping-pong players and break dancers) on set with the girls casually dispersed throughout the setting. It’s a rather brilliant way to get viewers to carefully watch the vid while undoubtedly getting the addictive saxophone hook stuck in their head.
Ultimately though, many elements from OC’s latest seem to be, well, a “copycat” from the trio’s most recent hits. The sax-y beat is reminiscent of 2012 single “Lipstick,” a No. 2-peaking single on the K-Pop Hot 100, and parts of the new choreography (e.g. pumping their arms from side to side while jumping) are reminiscent to moves seen earlier in “Catallena,” which reached No. 4.
Luckily for Orange Caramel, it all feels fresh thanks to a unique concept and one of the most ingenious pop videos of the year. Have you spotted all the differences?