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Label: Loen Entertainment

Genre: Indie

Are you feeling blue? Try listening to the new album from Jung Jun-il. It might not help in finding the reason for your depression, rather enabling you to release the emotions.

Each song except the last track features quieter instruments to highlight the distinctive but low voice of Jung. In particular, the lyrics of the title track, “Plastic,” question the meaning of life, which matches well with the title of the album, “Underwater,” alluding to a suffocating environment. In the song, Jung repeatedly says, “Save me please,” with an echoing effect that seemingly brings in the voices of others who share the emotion.

The last track is very impressive in the way it contains feelings of sadness that are then relieved. Compared to other tracks, this one is rather short and Jung’s voice can barely be heard. While the three previous tracks focus on utter depression, this final piece takes all the emotion that has been built up into the void. Only 1,000 copies of this album were initially released, which sold out on the first day of presale. The company said it would release an additional 500 copies but no more.

By Kim Hyang-min

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