HA:TFELT Returns After Wonder Girls Split With 'I Wander' & 'Read Me' Videos
Wonder Girls' Park Ye-eun is gearing up for a new solo album and on Thursday (Oct. 12) released two music videos, “I Wander” and “Read Me,” under her HA:TFELT stage name.
Ye-eun's forthcoming album is titled MEiNE and will be her first release since Wonder Girls disbanded earlier this year. “Meine” means “mine” in German -- the language that dominates both videos -- which suggests that her artistic direction has become even more self-actualized.
The title track, “I Wander,” features Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko, who co-founded Ye-eun's new label, Amoeba Culture. The lyrics may convey the act of meandering, but this tightly structured track features an electric guitar riff worthy of earworm status. In the video, she portrays five different characters: a hippie, a supermarket shopper, a drunkard, a career woman and a bicyclist.
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“Read Me” is a pensive track that bends genres by incorporating elements of R&B, classical and trap into a gorgeous mixture. Snapping fingers and syncopated piano strokes create a quirky beat, which is complemented by the negative space in featured rapper PUNCHNELLO’s relaxed flow. The close proximity between the lush strings and twitchy hi-hats gives the song a unique vibe.
The German-language video opens on a woman rifling through letters and personal memorabilia, and the sound of shuffling papers feels frenetic given how closely the jump cuts are spliced together. In a surrealist touch, she grows younger alongside the man from the previous video.
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HA:TFELT was initially Ye-eun’s producer name when she wrote songs for Wonder Girls, but it became her solo moniker when she made her solo debut in 2014 with the EP, Me?