Shadow of A Goodbye (이별의 그늘) and In The Obscure of Time (가려진 시간 사이로) are two gems of songs by Yoon Sang (윤상), a remarkable composer in the jazz pop genres. Released in early 90s on the cusp of his solo career launch, they boast such high tastes that they sound as fresh as any song that comes out today well over 20 years later. They also had the mass appeal and did very well in the market, establishing the singer songwriter as one of the top billed acts before he eventually started pursuing more experimental genres of music. In addition to the refined tunes and arrangements, his songs typically feature top notch lyrics by the lyricist Park Joo Yeon (박주연) and Park Chang Hak (박창학), resulting in a tour de force of music rarely seen before or since.
Shadow of A Goodbye
가려진 시간 사이로
In The Obscure of Time
Before becoming a successful solo artist, *Yoon Sang (윤상, 1968-) started his music career writing songs for other artists like Kang Soo Ji (강수지) and playing in the band Silhouette, a backup band for Kim Wan Sun (김완선), a phenomenal late 80s and 90s dance pop star. With a help of some friends, Yoon got his own songs released on his first album in 1990, and it it did quite well, eventually selling close to a million copies, which was a stunningly good number in those days. After this, his talent made a long trajectory of success touching on different genres and establishing him as one of the most recognized musician in the modern jazz pop arena. His songs typically showcases fresh originality and high brow sensitivity that can hold their own against anything from any era or geography. The pure artistry he always seems to seek after reminds of the style of the late Lee Young Hoon (이영훈)[/blogs/2015/03-16-old-time-love], except Yoon is much more inclined toward jazz.
Shadow of a Goodbye (이별의 그늘) from his first album may be Yoon’s greatest pop success as well. Depicting the pain of parting in the kind of distilled and rarefied delivery hardly seen before, it seems to have reached a new height of Korean jazz pop. Not to be outdone the fine lyrics by Park Joo Yeon (박주연) accompanies Yoon’s subtly beautiful tunes, relating what remains of a love in an exquisitely understated style. Together with the rueful sounds of strings that seem to rip one’s emotional canopy, the song makes its impact deep down in the listeners’ hearts.
In the Obscure of Time (가려진 시간 사이로) is another big hit scored out of the same Park Joo Yeon lyrics and Yoon Sang composition. It features the oft touched subject of reminiscence of the past, this time of a girl who left such a lasting impression in the protagonist’s heart that he had to lead a restless life lost for direction. He looks back what happened and realizes that there was no particular reason or particular person at fault responsible for they going different paths. Sometimes time works its magic in such a way as to hide some individual or group from another, for no apparent reason except the unknowable workings of randomness. He realizes he and the object of his longing were simply obscured from each other by time, as part of the myriad mysterious of life.