She (그녀) and It’s Alright (괜찮아) are songs from the first album of the soft rock duo Zitten (짙은). Zitten is one of the young indie bands of Korea, performing songs that encompass light rock to folk and pop ballads. With a comparatively low profile and seemingly not overly ambitious, they nonetheless produced quite a few nice songs of high quality, each of which sounds distinctive and original with progressive and wholesome sensitivities. They seem to be another of the intrinsically talented band that the members write and arrange all their materials - a fine, independent musical act.
Zitten is made up of Seong Yong Wook (성용욱) the singer, and Yoon Hyung Ro the guitarist, who started performing in earnest in 2005. They released their first full LP album in 2008, which contained several songs that sounded good and distinctive enough to bring them some recognition. Their lyrics are often thought provoking and usually have some original themes. Seong Yong Wook’s voice also seems another great asset. His vocals stay within the mainstream without anything particularly striking, but his voice is attractive with a solid timbre and velvety texture. All this makes many of their songs deceptively good - they don’t seem to try very hard to grab your attention but the result is so good, which is a pleasant surprise when so many bands and singers resort to such extraneous things as eye popping dance moves, slick production, sex appeal, gossipy scandals and all the rest. These guys are true musicians down to their soul and nothing else, which deserves our respect.
The song She talks about a lady who is coming out of some kind of suffering. It is one of those mysterious sounding songs that Zitten seems to like to do. While not overly ambitious, it sounds distinct from most other songs that circulate out there in both music and lyrics. It has a serious theme, but because the detail is obscured and the ending note is a happy one, it is uplifting overall.
It’s Alright is a song that feels light and not particular ambitious but which is still refreshingly good. It is about a devastating experience of being jilted. The narrator is however trying his best to take it in stride and get over it, enlisting everything at his disposal to keep his mind off of the devastation. While he sings he feels like he might die, he says well, it’s alright cheering himself up like the high spirited young man he is. The overall positive and playful mood in the face of a hardship gives off a nicely upbeat feeling to the listener, with the buoyant tune and rhythm being another nice touch.
The guitarist and songwriter Yoon has since gone his own way, so Seong is now doing all his acts as a solo artist. So far his creativity doesn’t seem to have suffered much because of the breakup. I hope he continues to bring us the great music as he has done until now.