박혜진 PARK HYE JIN - HOW CAN I Vinyl LP
The six tracks on How can I — the highly anticipated follow up to 박혜진 Park Hye Jin's 2018 debut — showcase the multitude of styles and influences that have come to be encapsulated in her output to date. On ‘Like This’ she pairs her own vocals over dream-like pads and grainy, driving rhythms. Elsewhere, the moody techno of ‘NO’ and footwork inspired ‘How come’ demonstrate an artist who is comfortable with pushing her own boundaries and moving definitively beyond any notions of categorisation. No matter in which direction they move, the tracks on How Can I are imbued with subtlety and emotion, 'I love you, and I fucking hate you // can you be my babe?' she sings on the upbeat ‘Can You’, before lowering the tempo with title track ‘How Can I’, and rounding off the EP off with the bright synth melodies of the mostly instrumental ‘Beautiful’. Marking her first solo output since that 2018 debut, she was also acutely aware of the expectations of her fans, leaving them with a simple message, 'Thank you for waiting. I appreciate you.'