updated on 19 June 2015 09:38 (KST)
Koo Hye-seon is out with her newest new age album called “Breath 2″ for the first time in 6 years. But that’s no surprise because Koo Hye-seon has been very busy as an actress, film director, hosting exhibitions and publishing novels. There have been people who looked at her with jaundiced eyes and the reasons being that she released mostly repertoires and her acting skills. However, her music is comfortable enough for anyone to hear. Listening to them with closed eyes releases a field of imaginations. Her music makes one liberal and so did the interview with her. The discussion was mainly her album and the talk of music soon became talk of people.
Q. How does it feel to be releasing your second album?
Koo Hye-seon: I don’t know yet but I’m lighter at heart.
Q. This is your first album in 6 years. How long have you prepared for this?
I’ve been working on it every chance I can. Some of the songs have been made a while ago. Some 3 years, some 5 years. I discarded some songs and polished the album around the edges a little bit.
Q. How did your company react when you said you were going to release a second album?
I told them that I would finish making the album before I release it. The first album did well and I’m not embarrassed by it. I hoped my company wasn’t too because the genre is completely different from what the company pursues.
Q. It’s been a long time. Do you think you’re ready to come back?
I am quite free. If I was in the middle of a drama or movie or was going to be busy with one, I would have postponed my album a little bit. I intended to release it around April because of a song that sounded like April. Actually it means ‘death’ but I changed the title to “Tens and Thousands of Years Later”. I think it’s a good song to listen to every once in a while when you’re down.
유기견 입양. 옐로우 리드 캠페인 (Abandoned dogs adoption. Yellow Lead Campaign)
옐로우 리드 캠페인. 감자와 함께. (Yellow Lead Campaign. with Gamja)
updated on 16 June 2015 13:44 (KST)
* Yellow Lead Campaign aims to reduce the number of abandoned dogs
Why do you do all that you do (direct, write, paint,etc) Her answer was simple. “To be happy and because I have a lot of energy.”
Ku Hye Sun: ” I think I try hard to be happy and to enjoy. In situations where there is pressue and repression, it feels like a breakthrough to do something that feels free. I always wanted to do many things. I also had tons of energy. I also feel regret if I started something and look back on it. But, most importantly, I am really happy when I am working.”
Ku Hye Sun also says that when she is composing or drawing, she gets 깡다구’=??? (I checked and it means “Someone who has a bold and strong character”)
Ku Hye Sun: ” When I work on a movie or drama, it is a collaborative work so I do worry a lot about many things. I worry a lot about disappointing or cause some damage to others in some way and could feel down. But,when I compose or draw, it is a job I do on my own. So, I can do whatever I like and 깡다구 gets activated in me.
Ku Hye Sun said that when she draws, she becomes detalied and when she composes, she feels relaxed. She feels that her sense of relaxation is more fully expressed in this new album. Ku Hye Sun says that she really put a lot into her new album.
Ku Hye Sun: ” Even though they are released in 6 years, I wrote most of them 2 to 3 years ago. I took them out and sorted them and organized them. I made the MV myself and even took a pix for the cover of the album myself. I really put a lot into it. It contains many stories about seasons,,and I would like to recommed that it may be nice to listen in nature.”
Reporter asked her about doing art and music work thinking that she would say that they all affect each other. But the reporter was surprised by her answer. Ku Hye Sun is even more in love with doing art and music works.
Ku Hye Sun: ” The more and more I do them, I realized that they are different. Perhaps they are all linked together in that they all express emotions/impressions, but the more I get into the works, they are totally different domain and color.”
Reporter asked her what kind of grade does she think she will get for the album. Ku Hye Sun’s answer: “I would be grateful for just listening.”
Ku Hye Sun: “People can easily approach music in everyday life. I feel that perhaps I can feel closer to others through music. I have no goals about singing. But I think I would be satisfied if people just at least recognize that Ku Hye Sun make this kind of music.”
translation by cheerkoo @ soompi
덥네요. 음악들어쥬셔서 고마워요. (It’s hot. Thanks for listening to the music)
updated on 13 June 2015 13:48 (KST)
– Rising interest in if “Take a Breath 2 – After Ten and Hundred Years” will enjoy the same popularity with the first album
Actress KU HYE SUN unveils music of her new-age album “Take a Breath 2 – After Ten and Hundred Years” on June 12 (Fri.) at noon.
KU is releasing “Take a Breath 2” six years after “Take a Breath” released in September, 2009. “Take a Breath 2” is drawing all the more attention, as all the lyrics and melody of the songs in the album are known to have been written by KU herself.
The album talks about the loneliness and love of different seasons and life. “Peach Tree” and “Lovers of the North Pole”, original sound tracks of KU’s second full-length movie “The Peach Tree”, as well as “My Love”, “Moonlight”, “Summer Day”, and “Farewell” are included in the album. Plus, “Cotton Candy”, an original sound track of her 3D short film “Fragments of Sweet Memories”, “After Ten and Hundred Years”, the title track of the album, new song “April” and its piano version, “Disappear”, “See You Comfortably”, and “Magic” are included in the album. So, the album will have total 13 songs.
Title track “After Ten and Hundred Years” is a new interpretation of an original sound track of KU’s film “The Peach Tree” in a piano version, which is composed by KU and arranged by Choi In-Young. It is a sentimental song in which a girl asks her lover to come back to her even if ten or hundred years pass.
Notably, piano music “RAIN” included in her first new-age album “Take a Breath” drew great popularity recently on China’s biggest search engine QQ six years after its release. The music drew a keen attention by topping QQ Music’s popularity index chart for four days from the 26 last month (Sun.). Such popularity is understood to have come from the high popularity of KBS 2TV’s Monday-Tuesday drama series “Blood” in which KU played the title role in China and KU’s rising popularity on Weibo.
Meanwhile, in line with the release of her second new-age album “Take a Breath 2”, KU will unveil the music video of the title track which was directed by herself on the same day.