My list of recommended new releases this week was stellar. I liked nearly every single one of the 25+ songs and was a little overwhelmed at how lucky I am and how much the universe truly does like me. Among the vast array of genres and artists represented were two of my favorite female Korean solo musicians, one of which hasn’t made a big comeback in a couple of years. That’s like the Korean Entertainment Complex wishing me the happiest of birthdays and, I accept wholeheartedly.
I’ve written about Choi Ye Geun on the site before and hold strong in my love despite having lost sight of her. My inability to find her music hasn’t been for lack of trying, but she didn’t get a lot of support from the industry after not winning KpopStar 2 and I think she has enough of a unique style that labels aren’t quite sure what to do with her. So I lost her in the sea of new releases and the web of indie artists I’m trying to track down. Seeing her name pop up on iTunes gave me a meaningful pause in my day. It was a reminder of just how much content is out there and how much I want to make sure that I’m paying attention. Hello Myself actually came out at the end of 2018 so it isn’t really a new release, but I’m going to put it up here as if it were because I’m 99% sure most of us haven’t heard it. We need to. Her voice and her contribution to the musical playing field is so incredibly moving.
Hello Myself, Choi Ye Geun
The second release that had me from the first note was Bath by Cherry Coke. She is an independent singer-songwriter that gets kind of plopped into the R&B genre. While this song fits there nicely, not all of her stuff does so I don’t want folks that aren’t R&B fans to ignore her off hand because of it. She’s got so much more going on. I could have sworn that I put her on the site before, but I can’t track it down. Bad, me.
This song, though, it’s chill and smooth and relaxing. The sound of water in the background is a delightful production bonus. Made me wish I had a better tub in my house…mine is not conducive to a long soak.
Bath, Cherry Coke