Heize - Jenga
"Jenga" is the second release from Heize that we got today. Similar to how she released "You, Clouds, Rain" and "Don't Know You" simultaneously, "Jenga" is playing the role of being the more mainstream, upbeat song of the two titles from her album. It features Gaeko of Dynamic Duo, and the teasers already had that jazzy feel going for it.
The drum pattern, hollowed guitar strings, bigger bass influence, and weighty piano chords definitely hold up to what the teasers promised. This song is drenched with snazzy and spirited instrumentals as well as vocals. I love the way that Heize used her voice in this song's verses, and the natural progression from each section to the next is very pleasing on the ears. Gaeko's part was done well, though I'm not entirely sure it added to the song that Heize couldn't have done herself. Maybe she just wanted a male voice on the track, or perhaps his lyrics pertained to something of that nature.
The chorus itself took me a few listens to really enjoy because of the very quick ascending and descending notes, but I think that produces a a compelling and engaging refrain. Additionally, I feel that this also added a frantic pacing that's intentional with what I can understand of the song's lyrics. It builds up and crashes quickly, and is in step with Heize starting the song stating that she wants to play this game, but by the chorus she is in the exact opposite camp. I think that this correlation between lyrics and instrumentals alone should be enough for me to love the song, but the style and approach from Heize here is what really sold me on this track.
This music video is clever and entertaining in its entirety, especially so if you've seen "Don't Know You" as there are several callbacks to it. There are lots of shots showing Heize seated upon stacks of items that look like they could topple over at any moment. I felt that these were symbolic of the career that she's been building up for herself. She's put in so much work, and there are so many little pieces that have to fit together for things to work out, even pieces that don't necessarily fit together.
At any moment if any of those pieces were to be tampered with, it would be a threat to her standing in the scene. There's even a bit of her playfully hitting the bottom of the stack of teacups she's on, stating how she herself is often the one at risk of destroying her foundation. It's obviously a frustrating situation to be in when you're not in full control of things, and it was great to see Heize attack this concept of her needing to always be perfect in a less than blunt manner.
"Jenga" is a wonderful song that I feel Heize suited incredibly well. The jazz style has been cropping up more and more in K-Pop recently, and I love that. This song plays to Heize's strengths as a vocalist, and like I said, I love the distress painted by both the instruments and her voice here, and I think that this is a song that I would recommend to anybody that enjoys soulful blues.