GWSN Wants to Chase You in “Pinky Star (RUN)”
Rookie breakout group GWSN has returned with their second EP The Park in the Night part two, the energetic dance pop sequel to their runaway debut “Puzzle Moon.” Lead single “Pinky Star (Run)” adopts what will be recognized in the future as the group’s sound, while experimenting with several production elements.
The music video reflects the chaotic energy flowing throughout the comeback. The girls sing of chasing after someone in a push-pull dynamic, and the quirky electronic sounds contribute to that chaos. It’s packed with different beats, cadences, and breakdowns; at first listen, it can be a bit overwhelming, but the group manages to keep it all tied together. The growth from debut also makes for an attractive comeback. Line distribution is more equally divided, the highlight being rapper Miya and Anne’s fun verse. The choreography also manages to marry complexity with cuteness—something we hoped would carry over from “Puzzle Moon,” which is arguably one of the best choreographies of any K-Pop debut. For “Pinky Star (Run),” we get a fun dance breakdown that is nothing short of impressive. The music video’s quality is also top tier; from playing with aspect ratios to CGI to the camerawork, it’s clear that Kiwi Media Group isn’t playing around with production budget.
The Park in the Night part two is also packed with colorful tracks that can compete with the big groups. “TOKTOK (수천 개의 별, 수천 개의 꿈)” is a strong follow-up to the title. It passes the body rolling test, with a subtle drop in the chorus reminiscent of LOONA’s strong B-sides. “Bloom (True Light)” boasts a slight Latin dance influence the way MAMAMOO has experimented with the sound. This could have also easily served as the title track off the EP. “Miss Ping Pong” is a fun throwback to what K-Pop sounded like circa 2013-2014. If you miss f(x), Girl’s Day, or any other girl group’s sound from that era, this track is definitely up your alley. “One & Only” brings us back to a more current sound. With a slightly slower tempo than the previous B-sides, this song provides the much needed chill to balance out the EP’s bubbly first half. But that dance, chill house element is still apparent, tying in with the album’s overall sound. The album doesn’t slow down with concluding track “Growing ~ for Groo.” Rather than a ballad, GWSN rounds out the album with a more classic electronic melody that mirrors SEVENTEEN’s pure electronic tracks.
It’s rare to find an album of this production value from a rookie group, even more so outside of the big three companies. While GWSN has yet to tread into groundbreaking waters, their sound is gradually being solidified. Their discography thus far has been a pleasant one to follow, and “Pinky Star (Run)” proves their future is bright.