Boomkat Product Review:
Amazing archival release from Light In The Attic, presenting the multi-faceted work of cult South Korean guitarist, singer, songwriter. producer and arranger Shin Joong Hyun. Shin really is a one-off, and it's uncertain to what extent his colorful biography is the result of canny myth-making. Still, it's an irresistible story: beginning his career entertaining at a U.S. army base, he discovered LSD, introduced his home nation to psychedelic rock before being censored by the state. His music is all over the place, in the best possible sense: inspired first and foremost by jazz, soul and traditional Korean music, Shin was later gripped by imported records from the 60s rock explosion, and all these disparate energies exert themselves upon his own visceral, captivating music, which features contributions from various, largely female vocalists housed in lavish but sensitive arrangements and bedecked with his routinely electrifying guitar playing - honestly, this stuff deserves to stand beside the Electric Prunes, United States Of America, The White Album et al in your collection. As you would expect from LITA, the presentation is lavish and spot-on, with rare photos, extensive liner notes from Kevin 'Sipreano' Howes and lyric reproductions/translations plus an in-depth interview with, and track-by-track comments by, Shin himself. Quite simply some of the most joyous, brain-frying music we've ever heard - warmly recommended to one and all.