Jihae's voice is melancholic but defiant. At times cynical, but always resolute. Her hypnotic rhythmsare seductive and her lyrics, subversively sentimental and knowing. The dynamics of her music carry each story and poem into a dreamworld, featuring daring arrangements on voice, guitar, cello, viola, bass, synth, drums, percussion and programmed beats. Jihae is the unique yet familiar sound of now.
Performing songs from Afterthought
at Joe's Pub
Thurs May 22nd at 11:30pm
A native of South Korea, Jihae grew up in Nigeria and Sweden, and lived in the UK before settling in NYC. Her love of fine arts has led her to collaborations with numerous multimedia artists including Anna Gaskell, Marco Brambilla and Jeff Gompertz. She has co-written songs with David Steel (English Beat, Fine Young Cannibals) and Duncan Sheik.
After critically acclaimed debut album My Heart is an Elephant release in spring '07, Jihae serves up a remix EP Afterthought. 4 remixes from her debut album plus a new single Simple Man will be released on July 1st 2008 digital only release available on iTunes and other digital music sites. The EP was produced by Jeanluc Sinclair a born and raised Parisian whose musical roots stem from studying with Bernard Labadie. Jeanluc is an electronics composition professor at NYU.
Jihae is in a video art installation which features her voice as well as her acting talent in Gerald Byrne's "Interview" shot by renown cinematographer, Christopher Doyle. Jihae plays a singer/poet of the future inRichard Kroehling's feature film, "Transbeman". 3 songs from Jihae's album is included in the film soundtrack along with compositions Michael Galasso (composer for Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love" and for Robert Wilson's "Overture")
Check out Video, Audio, etc at www.jihae.net www.myspace.com/jihaemusic
"A delicate, soulful hybrid of many styles, Jihae's debut album My Heart is an Elephant betrays an unmistakably sophisticated arrangement sensibility at work, which Jihae applies to the songs in confident, subtle strokes." - New York Press
"The shimmering and sultry release weaves together Nico's lush longing with Fiona Apple's ferocity and self-awareness."- Venuszine
"Creative genius may be the perfect way to explain it all. Jihae's music has an original and brutally honest edge. It is almost as if each musical component, from her luring voice and unparalleled musical composition, to her lyrics which probe the internal intellect, have all simultaneously found each other to form this union of artistic venture." -Trace Magazine
"A croon with this kind of husky, lusty depth does its own PR. Surely drawn to vocals that cross Chrissie Hynde with Aimee Mann. Filmmaker Michel Gondry got in on this Jihae album. The result is a tidy sonic twists under a singer/songwriter's spirit." -Download.com
"Enthralling new album, boasting production work by Brent Arnold and Patrick McCarthy, and guest appearances by filmmaker Michel Gondry and Lenny Kravitz, shows a confident singer who is equally ethereal and down-to-earth." - Baebel Music
"Enjoy and be forewarned that Jihae is best experienced with a nice pair of headphones." -Side One Track One