For a soundscape made up primarily of voices and a uniquely thick, organic big beat, Shadows Fade is a surprisingly atmospheric piece of music and writing that’s an easy joy to listen to. Those vocally produced building blocks are barely detectable as anything but an inherent part of the ambiance, the contrast between the layers is subtle yet mighty in effect, and the leading melody on top of all of this floats along in a sort of thoughtful RnB style.
Jinu Park is an artist working hard and fast to make a name for himself. His music has a partly nostalgic feel to it – comforting, familiar yet fresh – and it also partly leans in some totally new direction. The beat on this single is a big part of what gives it so much character. It’s an up front force of rhythm that you really notice throughout the experience. In most cases the beat would simply ride along as the backbone, necessary yet not drawing too much attention to its own elements. In this case, you appreciate the unique quality of the drum-line as much as everything else that surrounds it.
In addition to the musical strengths of the song, concept is of course a crucial part of what makes a song connect, regardless of genre. The lyrics during the verses appear in a recognisable way, feeling relatable, addressing experiences of love and realness. Consistently within the lyrics though are these images and references to the dark and the light, the underlying sentiment of shadows fading. The idea is presented subtly but surely, so by the time the hook hits, you expect it, you’ve anticipated it, and it satisfies in the right kind of way. Jinu Park’s vocal tone and performance style presents this sort of song perfectly well.