Occasionally, I really, really need a break from Big Three idol pop. Sometimes I just need a break from idol pop from any major company. I mean seeing news articles about G-Dragon’s pink hair (amazing what pops up on Naver) is interesting, but…
In all honestly, I’m starting to get annoyed with seeing idols several years younger than me debuting, and when global auditions for various companies started happening this year, seeing that people born before 1992 are now being considered “too old” to audition has really caused my idol love to start to go cold. I still have idols I enjoy, but I don’t listen to newer idols as much as I used to. (That said I got into Miss A within the last couple months, and I’m glad I did.) Couple all this emotional baggage with the fact I’ve made somewhat of an effort to showcase non-idols here at Korea District and you’ve got a recipe for a new review post.
Today, I decided instead of searching frantically through tumblr’s “k-indie” tag for music that is more calming and mature that I would go to the Gaon Chart site and pick a random artist. This artist turned out to be Park Sovin.
Park’s newest song was released just yesterday (August 6th, 2012) and is titled 여름연가 or Summer Sonata (listen here). Park Sovin proves to be another one of Korea’s solo, female powerhouses. It feels like there is a lot of them. Throughout the song, it feels as though she’s yelling at me. However, the yelling sounds pretty so that definitely helps. The song itself is a summery-ballad type. I am left feeling like there is an understated “island” vibe to it. I was looking for a calming song, and I found it. I am a huge stickler on how rememberable a song is, and this song has been playing through my head for the last hour. On top of being rememberable, the song is also replayable. It’s delightful. The song itself, even in a less idol saturated market, probably wouldn’t stand out and be a serious awards contender, however, it would be a hit to some degree.
Park is part of the 83-line which is refreshing for me personally. Park appears to be a ballad singer. I decided to give her live performance of another song a listen, and she can put up a live. Give her a shot. I don’t think she has massive international fan appeal, but she’s definitely nice.