Artist: Okkyung Lee
Genre: Classical, Modern Classical
Release Date: 2020
Audio Format: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 48 kHz
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 451 MB
1-2. Okkyung Lee – The Yellow Porcelain Bird (03:36)
1-3. Okkyung Lee – Another Old Story (옛날이야기) (03:11)
1-4. Okkyung Lee – In Stardust (For Kang Kyung-ok) (04:13)
1-5. Okkyung Lee – Eternally (미련없이) (02:05)
1-6. Okkyung Lee – Uiro (Up And Up And Up) (04:00)
1-7. Okkyung Lee – The Longest Morning (04:44)
1-8. Okkyung Lee – One Bright Lazy Sunday Afternoon (You Whispered That Name) (05:10)
1-9. Okkyung Lee – Facing Your Shadows (03:58)
1-10. Okkyung Lee – Then, There (그때 그자리) (02:30)
Yeo-Neun loosely translates to the gesture of an opening in Korean, presenting window into the poetic multiplicity that rests at the album’s core. Balanced at the outer reaches of Lee’s radically forward thinking creative process, its 10 discrete works are born of the ambient displacement of musician’s life; intimate melodic constructions and deconstructions that traces their roots across the last 30 years, from her early days spent away from home studying the cello in Seoul and Boston, to her subsequent move to New York and the nomadism of a near endless routine of tours. At its foundation, lay glimpses of a once melancholic teen, traces of the sentimentality and sensitivity (감성 / Gahmsung) that underpins the Korean popular music of Lee’s youth, and an artist for whom the notions of time, place, and home have become increasingly complex.
Elegantly binding modern classical composition and freely improvised music with the emotive drama of Korean traditional music and popular ballads, the expanse of Yeo-Neun pushes toward the palpably unknown, as radical for what it is and does, as it for its approachability. In Lee’s hands, carried by a body of composition that rests beyond the prescriptive boundaries of culture, genre, geography, and time, a vision of the experimental avant-garde emerges as a music of experience, humanity, and life. Meandering melodies, from the deceptively simple to the tonally and structurally complex, slowly evolve and fall from view, the harp, piano, and bass forming an airy, liminal non-place, through which Lee’s cello and unplaceable memories freely drift.
Remarkably honest, unflinchingly beautiful, and creatively challenging, Shelter Press is proud to present Yeo-Neun, an album that takes one the most important voices in contemporary experimental music, Okkyung Lee, far afield into an unknown future, bound to her past.