Just over a month since their last group comeback, WJSN have unveiled their second sub-unit. The chic WJSN The Black consists of members Seola, Bona, Exy and Eunseo, and promises a groovier compliment to the Cosmic Girls sound. Debut single Easy fits that bill. It’s sleek and satisfying, even if it falls short of being an instant classic.
As this groove-oriented sound becomes more common in K-pop, songs need to work harder to stand out. In my opinion, that means finding those melodies that cut through the tropes to demand attention of their own accord. Easy accomplishes this in fits and starts. Its hooky verses are instantly memorable, offering a breathless ascent before softly tumbling back down. I love the girls’ breathy delivery here, which feels restrained but impactful.
Easy’s pre-chorus build doesn’t have as much bite, but the instrumental chugs along with an almost-industrial crunch. Then, we hit the song’s expected drop. Rather than replicate the limp EDM drops that were so common a few years ago, Easy settles into a slinkier groove. This structure can work wonders if paired with a killer hook, and WJSN just about get there. The breathy vocals return, painting an air of sophistication. The melody draws out, matching the lyrical content as it unfurls with ease. A secondary chorus spices things up later in the track, along with a standout rap from Exy. It all comes together quite well, even if nothing quite lives up to the icy charm of Easy’s opening line.