Weeekly have made their name on a fresh, youthful sound that’s been a nice counterpoint to the girl crush trends of the moment. True to their name, past singles have felt perfect for Friday night or the weekend. With that in mind, new single Ven Para is that unwelcome Monday morning when you have to drag yourself out of bed and trudge to work.
I often complain about bright boy groups going dark, and that transformation has started to affect girl groups as well. Ven Para is a flagrant example, completely upending Weeekly’s charms in favor of a turgid bluster-fest. Songs of this genre aren’t automatically irredeemable, but in K-pop they tend to jettison elements like melody and replace them with noise, noise, noise. The louder the better, and Ven Para goes full bore during its fit of a climax. Prior to that, the song gives the group a hip-hop makeover. Again, this has potential to be great if the group were actually rapping in an interesting way. Alas, forgettable sing-talk wins the day yet again.
Ven Para includes slight Latin influences, though they’re buried in walls of boisterous synth. The song might have been more successful had it embraced the elements that make it unique. I’m not a fan of the chorus, but given a different arrangement it could have popped. Instead, vocal effects join the already claustrophobic brew and the whole thing just sounds washed out. I appreciated Weeekly’s desire to take on new challenges, but this style of girl crush track has been done to death. Ven Para doesn’t bring anything new to the table.