K-pop boy band Super Junior will make the world “clap” along to their latest release with an energetic new video, released Thursday (Oct. 17).
“Super Clap” is a retro-feeling dance pop track, with a melody that blends funky brass and electro-disco elements over a vibrant, clap-fueled beat.
With an emphasis on the veteran act’s standout vocals — Ryeowook and Yesung especially show off their distinct tones in the pre-chorus and bridges — the track also features some groovy raps and a quirky, synth-fueled dance break.
The song is meant to inspire its listeners to take a break from the hardships of reality. “Turn off the TV/ Everyday same bad, bad, bad, bad news/ Turn up the vibe, put your hands up, let’s make something good,” Donghae sings early on in the song.
The release of the music video for “Super Clap” came a few days after their ninth Korean LP Time Slip (stylized Time_Slip), which arrived on Monday (Oct. 14). The single’s video was delayed in respect to the untimely passing of labelmate Sulli (Choi Jin-ri), who was found dead on Monday. The album’s release had been preceded by several other music videos for songs off of the album.
Super Junior has been around in the K-pop scene since 2005, and has seen multiple hits over the years. The album is the first to feature the group’s currently-active lineup following the return of all of Super Junior’s members from the country’s mandatory military service; Choi Kyuhyun, the team’s youngest member at 31 years old, was discharged from his service and returned to the industry in May.
Since 2009, members of Super Junior have rotated in and out of the country’s military, at one point whittled down to only four members. At its height, 15 men have been part of Super Junior and subsidiary team Super Junior-M. Time Slip features nine members, though Kim Heechul’s role is lessened due to ongoing medical issues relating to past injuries, and he is only minimally featured in the music video and will not be touring with the group during their Super Show 8: Infinite Time world tour.
Watch the music video for Super Junior’s “Super Clap” and take a listen to Time Slip below.