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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Toward the Sunlight, For the Sake of Us All: Kim Jung Mi- Now (1973)


This record has been around for long enough that most of you have probably heard it, but I recently received a request for it and figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to post it.  As the demon of time turns over his hourglass and declares a new year of infinite tortures, as cities burn and death rains from the sky, as we scrabble to the bars and peer out from our cages only to see a neverending matryoshka of larger encapsulating cages, what better balm for the torment–what brighter beacon to shine into the wall of storms–could there be than the righteous beauty of Kim Jung Mi and Shin Joong Hyun's masterpiece, Now?  With clarity of vision and perfect execution, these songs fill the air with sensuality and strength and all the pure beauty of spirit we so often imagine humanity to possess and so rarely see evidence of.  "Your Dream Like a Stream" sounds to my ears like a call of defiance issued into the devil's foul yawning maw, a fist shaken in the air at the audacity and arrogance of anyone who might judge us from his seat in the sky.  Kim Jung Mi's voice creates a calm spot in the rain of blood and ash where one can breathe; it re-orients the universe to align itself with her at its center.  Because when "Toward the Sunlight" or "My Beautiful Land" is playing, when that voice sounds out (and is risen on the gorgeous structures of Shin Joong Hyun's guitar and arrangement), god damn it then something is right with this monstrous unfinished creation we call existence.  Happy New Year, I love you all.

NOW/Wind (192)

I have also included a Kim Jung Mi record called Wind, which I can't remember anything about and which has the same basic tracklist as Now, with some exceptions, but which I have always liked having as well.  Both are sadly no better than 192.  Feel free to educate me on the particulars of these releases, and/or upgrade the quality while you're at it.  This post is for Adam first and all others in a very close second.

11 comments:

Guido said...

Beautiful words, already have the record but will check it out again.

Happy New Year and thank you for all the beautiful music,

Guido

Gekko P. said...

Thanks mate, happy new year to you too. Looking forward to another year of exotica and other great recordings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. I've been wanting to hear this. Happy New Year!

Yorkshire Fields said...

This is so great. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Alan Burns said...

beautiful record, thanks so much for posting!

burntoutsavannahs said...

one of my absolute faves!

Anonymous said...

Adam here, thanks so much for posting this. happy new year to you!

Gotholia said...

Beautiful music! Thank you for sharing!

highplainsdrifter said...

Hearing this for the very first time. Really hitting the spot now over an IPA and a joint. Thanks for making my night.

Flash Strap said...

Yes, man! Thanks for doing your night correctly!

CARIBOU said...

THANK YOU! n heaven