If there was ever any doubt that the ‘S’ in the title of Ga-In‘s second mini-album Talk About S. stands for anything other than ‘sex’, then it’s surely vanished after experiencing the album’s lead single “Bloom”.
Crafted by Kim Eana and Lee Min Soo, who were behind Ga-In and Narsha’s first solo albums and IU’s recent clew of chart-topping hits, “Bloom” sees Ga-In cranking up the volume on the sex kitten image she first gained after rocking her hips in “Abracadabra”.
The song’s erotically poetic lyrics tell the story of a woman experiencing a sexual awakening of sorts as her lover gives her an earth-shattering orgasm. Pop music has never been short on raunchy lyrical content (in fact, a whopping 92% of the songs that made it into the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2009 were about sex), but rarely has the topic been covered quite like this. “Bloom” captures the pure ecstasy that comes along with giving yourself to the person you love in the most intimate way. It’s a celebration of love and all of its physical pleasures, containing all the sex appeal of any American pop song, but without any of the accompanying sleaze.
The production is just as euphoric as the lyrical content, with an uplifting instrumental-dance sound that’s extremely similar to Lee Min Soo and Kim Eana’s work with IU. “Bloom” is most definitely from the same tree as “Good Day” and “You and I”, but it’s much more sexually-charged and mature. Consider it the NC-17 equivalent of one of IU’s frothy G-rated jams.
As provocative as the song is, things really heat up in the official music video, which is undoubtedly the raciest K-Pop clip of 2012. It’s surreal and dreamy, floating between scenes of a stunning (and newly blonde) Ga-In performing naughty choreography around the house, writhing around the garden, masturbating on the kitchen floor, and making sweet passionate love to her man. She even twirls around a pole that’s spraying water right at the very moment her boyfriend climaxes inside her.
Beat that, HyunA.
Funnily enough, for such an adults only video, “Bloom” manages to look incredibly classy. The sex scenes are done so tastefully, and the styling is chic and European, making Ga-In look far closer to an Asian Brigitte Bardot rather than some horny pop star.
Is there anybody else other than a Brown Eyed Girl who could pull this off?
If you want some more bang for your buck, just check out Ga-In’s daring table dance performance of “Bloom” (preceded by the oh-so-saucy “Tinkerbell”) below.
Consider yourself slayed.