[NEW RELEASES] Hong Dae-kwang

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[NEW RELEASES] Hong Dae-kwang

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Hong Dae-kwang, “Silver Lining”, Label: CJ E&M, Genre: Ballad, Rock

The bespectacled busker from the audition television program “Superstar K” has taken off his glasses and has simultaneously removed his insecurities. But on his new album “Silver Lining,” the 29-year-old Hong Dae-kwang seems to hint that he has grown up from his experiences. He no longer cries for his old love, but unfolds his honest feelings in a more mature voice in the new lead-off single “No Answer.”

His new EP is comprised of four tracks, each of which hints a sense of optimism, notwithstanding the disappointments from his past. And Hong marks a successful start as a singer-songwriter with the fourth track “Twenty-five.”

The upbeat melodies of the songs contrast with his forlorn words, adding ironic sorrow to the tracks. Last year, he had a turning point by taking part in commemorative concerts for the late folk singer Kim Kwang-seok.

Many fans expect Hong to follow Kim’s legacy as an artist, and this album does seem to be his first step on that journey.

By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer

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