The Universe app continues to bear musical fruit — if you’re willing to go through all the rigmarole to view the full mv! Luckily, the complete audio is available for anyone who wants to listen, and the latest act to deliver a new song is WJSN.
Most Universe releases have elicited little more than an apathetic shrug from me, but Let Me In (너의 세계로) slots nicely within WJSN’s existing discography. This is largely due to producers Full8loom and ARTiffect, who’ve already contributed their fair share of material to the group. Let Me In doesn’t scream ‘industry-conquering title track,’ but it would make a solid b-side on any of WJSN’s albums. The production retains their spacey sound, while borrowing chirpy synth loops that feel as if they’ve been ripped from an IZ*ONE track. The instrumental has a welcome fullness, and improves as surging electro percussion joins the fray.
Let Me In’s verses are too fragmented for my taste, but that’s a criticism I’ve become almost numb to. This generation of K-pop loves its messy, sing-talk verses – a symptom of large group configurations, I’d wager. Thankfully, the pre-chorus is a breezy wonder, adding a welcome sense of propulsion to the song. The chorus follows suit, bounding along a catchy synth riff. It’s giddy fun, simple and to the point. An exciting bridge and climactic chant morph Let Me In’s structure just enough to end the track on a high.