Title: 예술이야 (It’s Art)
Release Year: 2010
It’s art, indeed.
PSY is one of the anomalies of Korean mainstream music. Even though he’s contracted under one of the most well-known entertainment companies (YG Entertainment, the company behind Big Bang, 2NE1, and others), he has yet to be identified as an “idol” – mostly because of his own doing. Psy sings all of his songs live. He never uses auto-tune. He eschews variety show appearances, for the most part. And he consistently produces high-quality music that isn’t compromised by lack of creativity.
In 2010, he released his fifth full album, entitled “Psy Five”. Although “It’s Art” wasn’t the featured single – that honor went to “Right Now”, a heart-thumping rock-cum-hiphop piece that threatens to turn whatever room it’s being played in into a dance floor – but it is, in my opinion, the definitive track that can sum up, in one song, what makes PSY, PSY.
It’s hard to encapsulate what makes this track so captivating to listen to – is it the vocals, that seem perfectly at home rapping just as it does in a ballad? Or is it the instrumental, that feels like it can just lift you up into the sky and make you soar above the clouds? Is it a combination of the two? Or is it some as-of-yet hitherto unnamed source that strikes a chord within our hearts and makes them weep?
A bit too dramatic there, but I had to make my point: this is one of the few songs that I’ve heard, that lives.
It almost feels as though it has a life of its own; almost feels as though it’s going through the chords and lyrics of its own volition. It’s smooth, it flows, and we as the listener are awed by its powerful simplicity. We can almost feel the crescendo of our hearts as it rises along with the music; and when the song finally reaches its climax, our hearts feel as though it can burst.
This is the perfect song for walking down the street, the perfect song for a dance party, the perfect song for curing depression, the perfect song to pipe through our headphones while lying on our bed at night thinking of everything that’s happened that day – the song lends itself to every setting, such is the power of this track.
In my other reviews, I tend to be more technical. I analyze the instrumental, the voices, the lyrics, the beats, etc.
This song transcends that.
It’s hard to put into words just what exactly makes the instrumental so powerful. It’s hard to put into words exactly why PSY’s voice has such an impact on our hearts. It’s hard to put into words just how this song manages to lift us into the sky.
All that we know, is that it does.
I’m going to end this review here before I go even more batsh*t insane. My next review will be better, I promise.
5 stars out of 5.
PS. PSY is an amazing live performer, as well. Check this out: