It’s been a busy year so far for Oh My Girl: the K-pop girl group celebrated its seventh anniversary on April 21 and also recently released a new album titled Real Love.
The band comprises Arin, Hyojung, Jiho, Seunghee, YooA, Mimi and Yubin. They debuted in 2015 and are best known for their catchy, upbeat bubblegum sounds. Never resting on their laurels, the members have also continuously evolved in their musical style, forging a strong presence in the K-pop scene and cementing a reputation as role models for rookie girl groups.
Real Love, which is Oh My Girl’s second Korean-language studio album—the band had previously released material in Japanese, as well as a variety of singles, compilation albums and extended plays (EP)—marks a new chapter for the septet. While Oh My Girl’s earlier releases—such as its self-titled first EP in 2015 and 2020’s B-side viral hit Dolphin—offered youthful, energetic sounds, the band has demonstrated a more mature musical style in recent times. The new album, meanwhile, takes on a new route: its inspiration comes from the enchantment that comes from scents.
Read on to find out how this influenced the new album—and how Oh My Girl’s seven-year journey has culminated in their new sounds.