CLC just did what they did, and showed the girls what they should have did.

Almost exactly one year after busting out their bats with the bratty, HyunA co-penned electro-trap slammer “Hobgoblin,” and at least a comeback or two later, the seven member troupe is here to take it to the next level in 2018 – with a dark and sexy concept this time around, thank God. (Take a seat, schoolgirls.)

“Black Dress” is CLC’s latest banger – the title track from a mini-album released on Thursday (February 22) – dedicated to their freakum dresses, and it really ticks all the boxes for an instantly certifiable Bop© from the get-go.

That, and it comes equipped with a music video that alternates between fierce-as-fuck choreography to match the nasty slut-drop friendly beats, Red Velvet‘s freaky fixation on sharp objects and casual suggestions of harm (see: “Russian Roulette” and “Peek-A-Boo”), dramatic hair transformations – why snatch a wig when you can snip it? – and a pole dancing sequence that makes Katy Perry‘s “Bon Appetit” strip tease look…well, anyway.

But, one thing: are they actually…not wearing black dresses in the video for their song about a black dress? Either a glaring oversight, or all the more genius. You decide.

Without jumping to any drastic conclusions: this is surely an early contender for one of the better releases from a girl group this year, and easily one of the best girl group odes to a dress since the Sugababes‘ “Red Dress.”

“Black Dress” was released on February 22.

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