Following the success of their debut EP The Vision, and a debut mini album, Take-Off, earlier this year, the WayV, a sub-group of K-pop superstars NCT, are continuing their flurry of releases with a second mini album Take Over The Moon.
Moonwalk opens the six-track release with a light, airy piano intro that quickly surrenders to arrestingly huge, thunderous low blasts. The dotty string rhythms and clipped background “oohs” create real suspense behind the emphatic rhythms that slide into their trademark, harmony-rich choruses.
The buzzing, erratic synth-bass of follow-up Yeah Yeah Yeah promises even more swagger, brimming with group chants and trap beats, but as it reaches its crescendo with a dubstep drop, it falls a little bit flat after showing so much promise. However, with the glitch-trap ambience of King Of Hearts, and the steelpan R’n’B sounds of Love Talk, the seven-piece are breaking new ground, intersecting parts in English for the first time.
Overall, this is a pretty varied project, and while it doesn’t quite hit the mark every time, it’ll be interesting to see what comes with the next WayV.