To put it bluntly, I haven’t enjoyed a single song WEi have released since debut. But, idol groups are often at the whim of their producers, and switching collaborators can totally change a team’s sound. New single Bye Bye Bye pairs the guys with MosPick, who’ve proven themselves reliable purveyors of upbeat boy group pop.
The improvement is apparent immediately. WEi have moved on from the tuneless noise of February’s All Or Nothing and arrived at the beach. Bye Bye Bye kicks off with the strum of filtered guitar before bounding into an energetic verse. It’s nothing we haven’t heard a million times before, but it gets the job done. More importantly, this energizing backbone offers an equally-compelling playground for the group’s vocalists and rappers. This arrangement dials back for verse two, but never to the point of feeling jarring.
Bye Bye Bye’s calling card is its two-part chorus. The first half is almost too repetitive for my taste, but the breezy responses to the “bye bye bye” hook keep it aloft. Thankfully, this is followed by a more robust melody, adding tension to an otherwise laidback groove. This contrast benefits the track, crafting a well-rounded centerpiece that maintains interest. Given WEi’s scattered musical past, Bye Bye Bye comes across as a bit generic, but it’s the kind of generic I tend to favor. Add this to 2021’s growing slate of fun summertime tracks, even if it won’t be the first on my playlist.