Debut girl group Pixy is perhaps most notable as the new home of former Cherry Bullet leader Mirae (rechristened Ella, here). Their pre-release teasers hinted at a darker, fantasy-themed concept. I’m always up for more fantasy aesthetics in K-pop, especially since Oh My Girl has all-but abandoned them of late. However, Wings plays more like a bad dream than a magical wonderland.
Despite the promise of those teasers, Wings feels like Pixy’s attempt to harness some of that edgy BLACKPINK popularity. It’s a “hard” dance track, which just means there’s a lot of shouting and clattering beats. And boy, are there plenty of both! The girls enlist the kind of hulking, brassy synth distortion favored by so many boy groups, throw an endless supply of errant hi-hats over the top, and struggle to find anything resembling an actual melody.
It’s not the group’s fault, of course. I wish every K-pop debut all the success in the world, especially within such a cutthroat industry. But, this song does little to distinguish Pixy from the pack. Worse yet, it does little to stick in listeners’ memories. It comes across as a joyless series of breakdowns, anchored by a heavy chant and piercing screams. There’s a way to fashion these tones into compelling music. I’m not against darkness or drama in pop music. But, idol group composers need to get more creative than this. It’s a shame, because there are some really nice vocals within Wings’ maelstrom of noise. The pre-chorus is an oasis of sorts, pointing toward a promising future for Pixy if only they’d find stronger material.