Oasis Kim Sang Jin : Original Hit Song (KO,1970s,re.1991)*°°'
possible airplay : Track 1,3,4,6
This is a totally different kind of mainstream (or traditional??) singing which isn’t western at all (despite the arrangements), but has almost entirely a Korea context. The arrangements are done with a full orchestra, some soprano sax, or other reed or brass instruments, relaxed drums, reed and brass, here and there some congas, one track with a theremin ! and another with an additional keyboard. It is especially the voice, which stand out as being highly unusual to our western ears. The singer has a deep, smoked, almost feminine voice which vibrates at a high pitch, perhaps like a Korean form of popular singing that recalls something of eastern folklore into song. It takes a few tracks to get used to, but then the context makes it logical, still for western ears as something slightly surreal. There is however one track sung a bit more fitting with a psychedelic rock band (track 6) with fuzz guitars, drums, flute and congas.
(After a few listens I started to realise how this voice technique gives the music a far-eastern flavoured eastern emotional quality. Together with the arrangements it serves its purpose well).