Weeekly have quickly developed an enthusiastic fan base, and it’s easy to see why. Though their bright, bubblegum pop isn’t always for me, the girls boast skill and charisma for days. Debut single Tag Me was a ton of fun, and new track After School recaptures much of that playful hookiness. While the song is described as “reggae pop,” I’d definitely bold the “pop” part of that equation.
After School’s instrumental has the same flimsy, carnival-like quality as many recent songs of this style. The percussion feels more like toy drummers than the kind of resounding textures I crave. The track could definitely do with a meatier backbone. But, this is where Weeekly come in.
The girls paint a very enjoyable melody over the top. Yes, it’s “cute” in the way that sometimes drives me crazy when visiting K-pop girl group land, but Weeekly bring a ton of personality to the playful verses. Better yet, the chorus opts for a robust refrain, tethering together two distinct hooks that blend perfectly. The first feels quite standard, but its descending melody is addicting. On the other hand, the second part (“I’m so good… etc”) of this chorus is pure bliss. It ties a satisfying bow on the refrain, and will likely be stuck in my head for weeks. Or, maybe even… “weeeks!” Kidding aside, I think a more dynamic, unique instrumental could have sent After School over the edge. As it stands, the song easily gets by on the strength of its earworm melody and engaging performance.