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Jung Mina is a versatile musician who not only plays the gayageum, a traditional Korean zither, but also sings, composed and even served as a producer for this album, her third.

While her critically acclaimed second album was a collection of instrumental songs - mostly an artistic jazz collaboration with Jung on gayageum and top performer Seo Young-do on bass - her new work is a vocal album that tells her story through song.

The first track, “Dizzy on a Summer Day,” which has subtly changing rhymes accompanied by a dreamy and addictive melody, reminded me of a sizzling hot summer day and made me feel like gulping down a glass of beer.

The fourth track, “Jumeokbap,” delivers an interesting yet bittersweet picture of her experience: To make a living as an indie musician, she once made and sold jumeokbap (rice ball) at a subway station exit but the small business soon went bust, she says in the lyrics.

Jung Mina “Oasis”

Label: Sony
Genre: Traditional Korean, jazz

By Seo Ji-eun
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