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Friday, July 31, 2020

Jean Tan goes more personal in new single Oak Cherry Wine

07/26/2020 03:15:44 PM

Singer-songwriter Jean Tan has recently released her latest single last 24 July 2020.

The new song titled "Oak Cherry Wine," was the third and final single before Tan's anticipated 5-song EP release in fall 2020, which was produced and arranged by Singaporean R&B artist and multi-instrumentalist Dru Chen.  The song was published on all platforms courtesy of Leeway, one of the best independent publishers and record labels and no.1 sync agency in Korea.

So is this just another love song? Definitely not. Though familiar themes of courtship and romance feature like they do in the previous singles, this is perhaps Jean’s most personal release to date. This is an ode to love, but a deeper kind – one that grows better with age, holds steady in both the valley and mountain moments. It is a lettre d'amour to the lover who decides to stay for better and worse, richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.

This is, after all, a song born out of the personal story of this folk-indie-and-vocal jazz musician – her personal health struggles with kidney disease and the man who married her despite the uncertainty of a lifetime together. Perhaps it’s why it feels so powerful despite the simple instrumentation of keys and a couple of guitars. Everything is felt so keenly from the moment Jean whispers 1, 2, 3, 4  in your ear at the start to the soaring, dulcet tones of the chorus: I love you / and it’s funny how / I’ll need you and breathe you / Be with you every moment now…

Even in the simplicity of the arrangement, the listener is taken on a journey as the melodies of the two guitars dance around each other like two binary stars. Seventh chords. A walking, no, skipping a bass line. An unexpected twinkling of the electric piano right at the end to bring it all home.

Oak Cherry Wine offers endless contrasts and complexity in so few elements that it’s hard not to be intrigued. It is sentimental but fierce. Sweet but not saccharine. A glass of oak cherry wine, tilted to the lips – bittersweet, familiar, true. The song was also described her continuing strong presence in a signature, bluesy vein.

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