Girl Group Challenge - Weki Meki
Updated: Aug 1, 2022
Welcome back to my cozy corner. A bit of a change of pace. I will be inducting you, my coziers (cozy corner readers), into a challenge that I began at the start of the year to learn about and discover more girl groups.
I think many female fans of kpop can easily fall into box, where they only follow male groups, and I like to break out of boxes. Discovery is one of the aspects that I enjoy most about all kinds of music.
So far in the course of this challenge, I have found some amazing new-to-me groups to stan such as Billlie, Brave Girls, Bvndit, Itzy, Pixy, fromis_9, ICHILLIN, XG and Le Sserafim. I have also encountered a few that I probably need to hear more from, before I can decide to really get on board such as T-ara.
And sometimes like today, I re-visit a group that I have not kept up with, Weki Meki. I have dabbled in Weki Meki before. I have the Lucky mini album. Dazzle Dazzle is my jam and Rina is my girl.
Learning about the group - just the basics
Weki Meki, previously known as i-Teen Girls, is an 8-member girl group under Fantagio. Weki Meki debuted on August 8, 2017.
Suyeon - Leader, Main Vocalist, 97 liner
Elly - Vocalist, 98 liner
Yoojung - Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocalist, Face of the Group, 99 liner
Doyeon - Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Visual, Center, 99 liner
Sei - Vocalist, Rapper, 00 liner
Lua - Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, 00 liner
Rina - Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, 01 liner
Lucy - Lead Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae, 02 liner
I am keeping this section basic, as we are all aware that Kpop Profiles is very comprehensive. We are just getting to know names, ages and positions, very similar to starting an AOL chat back in the day, Gen Z ask your parents about those dark, early days of internet.
Music to check out and live stage
Okay, today I have chosen to focus on a single track, Siesta, that title speaks to me, especially in summer in has that je ne sais quoi.
Apologies, coziers, please the video in the link on YouTube proper, music shows do not support the embedded format.
Expectations - before watching
Prior to watching either video, my expectation for a track named Siesta would be summer fun vibes and some Latin beats. However, kpop does have a way constantly surprising you.
Thoughts - after watching
While this does have the bright and warm sound, I would expect; it is actually more chill, we are putting the siesta in Siesta, with an emphasis on soft, summer, afternoon naptime vibes. It is capturing that point on a warm day, where you've had a refreshing iced tea and a tomato sandwich on your front porch, and you're going to sleep it off, before you go out in the evening, when it gets cooler. The pace of the song does pick up nicely in the chorus, but in a way that still remains fairly calm compared to other summer songs.
Some controversial thoughts regarding styling in the mv, the main chorus white dresses and pants are a bit too much tulle. Don't get it twisted, I love an amazing fluffy dress moment (my current Loona prayers are that one of my versions will be the fluffy ivory dress version).
This is a prime example right here, the tulle on the shoulder of our lady, Suyeon, in the middle, is consuming her. Some of the ruffles are not placed in the most flattering of areas, see far left on Lua. I just wish these outfits had been a bit better.
All of the individual shots in the verses when they're longing for a siesta and those in the chorus when they're not in the tulle outfits are great.
This shot of Doyeon is probably my favourite in the whole mv. The lighting, the outfit, it just speaks to me.
From watching the live stage, right away the outfits have calmed the tulle down, not super important, but they are no longer being consumed by the tulle monster. They all look stellar in blues and blue-greens.
This choreography is light as can be expected with a track of this nature. There are some very adorable hand gestures and miming of naps going on in the chorus.
The pinched fingers motion, during the vocalizing of the chorus gives me the impression of tiny bursting fireworks as referenced in the song.
Although the downward pounding arm motions are meant to do the same thing.
Final thoughts, I am certainly pleased to have revisited Weki Meki. I definitely remember why I liked Dazzle Dazzle.
Please let me know in the comments your thoughts on the song and the stage. Also, let me know of any other recommendations you have for this group or groups to cover in future.