GWSN’s ‘The Park in the Night, Part Two’ Album Review
GWSN, or Gongwon Sonyeo, have already adopted a certain sound in the two albums they have dropped. Their music is especially magical and fantasy-like with enough eclecticism, drawing influences from genres like Deep House, R&B, Dance, and Electronic.
Conceptual consistency is very visible in GWSN’s music, as their concept plays an important role, and they continue upon this in their second mini-album The Park in the Night, Part Two.
01. “Pinky Star (Run)”
First of all, this track has a striking resemblance to their previous title, as they both unravel in the house genre.
“Pinky Star” begins with a very dynamic synth motif, and chords that are pleasing to the ear. Seoryoung sings a muffled falsetto vocal line that alternates between A5s and B5s, a display of vocal capability. There is a certain style the girls sing in, and that is the one downside of the song: they manipulate their voice to sound chipmunk-y by squeezing their vocal folds (which can be quite damaging). Although it fits the song’s vibe, it is grating to listen to.
The pre-chorus is bouncy and fun, with a focus on the rubbery flexible bass; it almost sounds like if PC music and House music had a child. The chorus is very anticlimactic, but features a cool delay. There’s also a dance break with the beginning motif and zooming musical effects. Further adlibs are added in the last chorus with another high muffled falsetto adlib.
02. “TOKTOK (Thousands of Stars, Thousands of Dreams)”
The track begins with muffled falsetto lines, followed by the introduction of a trap beat, and the further entrance of a delicious bass, which disappears as it enters the instrumentally quiet sparse pre-chorus. As you feel like the track will have a hard drop, it segways into another lighter section which is very un-chorus-like.
Then the instrumental enters at half-time with the trap beat; it actually drops at that point. The bridge is a rap section which plays around with rhythms and the melodic part of the instrumental is completely removed. There are changes in percussion samples throughout, as well as bits of a muffled flute.
Despite being a track with a few decent surprises, it suffers from the lack of melodic changes in the vocal melody. However, there are good examples of vocal dexterity throughout the track.
03. “Bloom (True Light)”
“Bloom” begins with tasteful, unusual, and shimmering magical synths and interesting chords.
There is a good amount going on in the song with bits of guitar and strings thrown in the background and a pitch-shifted saxophone just before the chorus. The percussion includes Tom-Toms, which is another tasteful addition. It is a heavily textured song with excellent transitions between sections.
04. “Miss Ping Pong”
This track is reminiscent of f(x) and Red Velvet, with a brassy synth starting off the song. The snares in the pre-chorus along with the triplets work in great cohesion, and lead up to a bass-heavy, fulfilling, and impactful chorus.
The track is almost goofy with a comedic feel to it. The second pre-chorus brings a rap, a nice change of pace, with slight changes in the instrumental. Then the “mi-mi-mi-mi-miss ping pong” parts coalesce with chorus. The song is wholesome but it leans heavily on repetition.
05. “One and Only”
Again, “One and Only” offers intriguing sampled sounds and synths with a delicious bass entering soon after. It segways into a house-influenced chorus that seems to adhere to GWSN’s signature sound.
The harmonies are a strong part of the song. However, the song seems a bit derivative and not an entity of its own.
06. “Growing ~ for Groo”
“Growing ~ for Groo” is dedicated to GWSN’s fans and is the heartfelt ending song of the album, which is thankfully not a ballad.
The song is not very explorative musically and focuses on familiar sounds. However, it is still a decent and warm song to listen to. It has some of the strongest belting moments on the album.
GWSN have come out with a very interesting and strong pop release, which further enhances and adds to their already developed soundscape. It makes you want to further anticipate what they’d drop in the future.
Overall Rating: 7.3/10