I only stumbled upon this Korean female singer-songwriter as one of my friends posted her newly released song on Facebook yesterday.
A lot of my friends struggle to understand the appeal of listening to foreign music when you do not know what they are singing, and this song reminded me once again that singing the melody alone can sufficiently convey feelings and emotions without the use of words.
I did some research on Oohyo to give myself a little context before writing this blog post and found some interesting facts – she has been hailed a ‘musical genius‘ and gained popularity by featuring on Yoo Seung Woo‘s album. She has been mentioned by Hallyu stars such as Rap Monster, Jungkook, Krystal, Jessica etc. and while she posted young photos of herself, her current look remains a mystery!
To me, I can draw similarities between her and Lee Jin Ah – they are both singer-songwriters with a clear and relatively high-pitched voice that brings a breath of fresh air, with Oohyo’s voice probably easier on the ear. Her songs are also more mainstream and pop-sounding, with less quirky chordal arrangements or jazzy feels.
I first listened to this song of hers, Youth, without reading the subtitles. The way she sings the verse as if she is talking to you really appealed to me (JYP reference anyone?!), like a young girl telling a sad story. Once the chorus hits, she sings with a more airy and mellow voice that conveys her desires and wishes. These emotions I received from her singing alone match the lyrics perfectly – still, I strongly encourage you to read them as they are so beautifully written.
The last thing I would like to mention is that this song has an interesting structure (ABC) as it does not repeat its verse (A) or chorus (B), ending on a C section which repeats the riff that opened the song, accompanied by the instrumental. I cannot stop looping this gorgeous song!
P.S. Do check out my latest BTS Medley #2 if you would like!😀