(Note that although I usually refer to this group as “Cosmic Girls” because I feel like it’s easier to read, this time I’ll be calling them “WJSN” to keep consistent with their subunit name.) Just after we got WJSN’s wonderful comeback “Unnatural,” they gave us the surprising yet delightful news that they were debuting another subunit. I was particularly excited because it looked like they were tackling a more mature concept than what the group normally does, and I am always down for that. And as an added bonus, this particular subunit includes my two favorite members – Bona and Eunseo! So I was very excited to see what this new quartet had to offer.
WJSN The Black’s debut single “Easy” is nothing but smooth, sleek, and sexy. Though the beat is reminiscent of something you’d hear at the club, it’s paired with the member’s soft and highly feminine voices. It’s an interesting contrast for sure, but one that’s also very pleasing to the ear. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it sensual, but I would say that it’s definitely flirty and a little suggestive – which I think is more suitable for the members at this point in time. Though I personally wish it were just a bit more energetic, I still find it quite appealing and I enjoy listening to it.
The choreography takes the teasing and playful vibes of the song and totally runs with it. There are so many great memorable moves, and it’s all definitely very sexy. (That floor work! Those shoulder reveals!) But most importantly, the dancing is the empowering kind of sexy and not the objectifying kind. I couldn’t help thinking of WJSN’s senior group SISTAR for a moment, since they owned the sexy concept back when they were active. They were undoubtedly confident and empowered in their performances, and I loved their dances and even learned a couple of them. However, I always felt those routines and many other “sexy girl group dances” at the time were definitely heavily oriented towards the male gaze… and that always lowkey bothered me a bit. So I’m very glad that times have changed and groups like WJSN The Black can do sexy dances that are flirting and even daring – without any uncomfortable undertones.
I also really enjoy the aesthetics of the music video and how it emphasizes black and white. And the girls look gorgeous as usual, of course. There’s a pretty interesting storyline running throughout: Seola and Eunseo are police detectives, and they interrogate club DJ Exy and hacker Bona over what appears to be a museum heist. But by the end of the video, all four commit the crime and ride off into the sunset together. I’m not sure whether they were a team whole time (aka the police thing was just an act), or whether Exy and Bona managed to win Seola and Eunseo over and turn them bad. I think it’s the former, but I can’t give a definitive answer. So I wish the music video had just been a touch clearer on the twist, but it’s still beautiful and fun to watch.
MY OVERALL INTEREST LEVEL
(NOTE: My options for each category are “Love,” “Like,” “Neutral,” “Not My Style,” or “Dislike.” But I rarely dislike anything, so I’ll mostly be using the other four.)
All in all, “Easy” is a solid start for WJSN The Black. Everything is on point, and the members totally own the concept as expected. I’m especially thrilled to see Eunseo is part of this unit, because I feel that she doesn’t get as much attention as some of the others. I’m very glad this gives her an opportunity to shine, which she has definitely made the most of. I’m a little concerned that this release will get lost in the shuffle of everything else going on – especially since a lot of big names have decided to make their comeback in May. So I hope that people will pay attention to these amazingly talented ladies and show them lots of love!
(“Knee Jerk Reaction” is a column I created to talk about comebacks or debuts when I don’t have a lot of time to write in-depth reviews. A knee jerk reaction is like an automatic response, so it’s a post about my initial thoughts on the song, the music video, and the performance if it’s available. Compared to my reviews, everything is more stream of consciousness and less analytical. And everything is 100% my own opinion!)
SOURCES: Music video and featured image belong to Starship Entertainment.