Whee In - EASY (Feat. Sik-K)
Whee In is one of the members of popular girl group MAMAMOO. She just so happens to be my personal bias in the group, so when I heard that she was getting her solo debut I was ecstatic. Admittedly I was a bit hesitant and worried going into this, though, as MAMAMOO just has their group comeback last month, and it seemed like such a quick announcement of Whee In's solo act. Still, I put my faith in the Radish Goddesses and prayed for a fantastic debut.
Those bouncy synths during the chorus combined with Whee In's sensual voice, my goodness. My first thoughts on this song were exactly as follows: what an absolutely great vibe for her solo debut! It's got quirkiness and playfulness in the instrumentals, vocals, and lyrics, and that just suits Whee In so perfectly.
Even though there's a lot of lighter tones of synth, there's also a good amount of contrast with heavier, groovier rhythms to balance it out. Whee In's breathy vocals mostly occupy the background while her lush, dynamic vocals supplement as the focus, and together they create a really chic dreamscape for listeners to visualize. Sik-K's rap was done well and didn't feel like a detour from the rest of the song but rather as a planned part of it. Overall, this song just flows smoothly and elegantly, and I loved hearing this come from Whee In.
Can we take a moment just to talk about how good of an actor Sik-K apparently is? Like seriously, how could you pretend not to be interested in Whee In while she's literally in front of you and trying to impress you. That's gotta take some damn good acting chops. No, but seriously, I adored this video. There's probably more depth to it than a lot of people are giving it credit for, too. It's easy to miss how this video actually thoroughly details the different facets of Whee In's attempts, and how Sik-K doesn't seem to care about any of them.
She acts shy and coy hiding behind the plant at the beginning, but quickly pulls away from this in order to try and get his attention. The two are sitting at opposite ends of an extremely long table, which is clearly representative of the large divide that's come between them in their relationship. Whee In walks all the way to him to pour him a drink in an attempt to close that gap, even going so far as obviously doting on him, but he simply ignores her.
The first chorus with Whee In singing about how she's going to set herself free actually has a large birdcage in the background that lines up perfectly with the lyric. There's a scene of her laying against a mirror, depicting how there are two halves of her that are pulling in opposite directions. The scene of them playing pong shows Sik-K pushing her away, literally. He seems to be more interested in the game itself rather than Whee In, which is likely an allegory for how many people reference dating to be a game of cat and mouse. Sik-K has simply lost interest because he's already caught Whee In.
The scene of Whee In doing her makeup and dolling herself up ends up with her frustrated and smearing her lipstick all over the mirror, which implied that he didn't seem to notice or care that she went out of her way to do such. Finally, we get Sik-K's portion where he raps and states that he is still interested and he wants another chance to prove it, but shortly after we see him walking away from Whee In. She stops him by yelling, and then she shoots off her robot arm and blasts a hole in his chest. Quite literally she was saying that he had a hole where his heart should be, and that's why their relationship isn't working.
I know that I don't typically write this much in a review about videos, but man I found so much meaning here that I couldn't help myself. If it wasn't clear from all of that, I really loved watching this multiple times over to see all of these subtle ideas out. On the visual front, obviously Whee In looked fabulous and gorgeous as always. The color palette of the video is aesthetically pleasing, too. Plus we got to see the bestie Hwasa show up! What more could somebody ask for in a Whee In solo debut than all of that?
Whee In's "EASY" is a song that has a VERY different feel to it than any of MAMAMOO's songs, and I think that it was a perfect way for Whee In to show off her own style apart from the group's. Both the song and video were just as weird and whacky as she is, too, and I loved everything about this debut. If you like groovy synth songs with a nice relaxing vibe, this might be a perfect song for you.