Forestella Single TIES Yeon

Ahead of Chuseok, cross-over vocal quartet Forestella made a comeback with their 4th Single “Ties – 연 (緣)” on Thursday. The song derives its title from the Korean ‘’ and the Chinese meaning Connections, Bonds, Fate, and Longing. ‘Ties is an authentic ballad of separation, grief, and hope of reunion addressed to a departed beloved.

The song is different from most ballads seen in mainstream KPop. With the influence of Korean traditional elements in the writing, instruments, and imagery used, ‘Ties‘ takes the listener back in time to the age of Kings and Queens and wars and revolution. An aching tune on the Haegeum, a melancholy poem of lost connections spilling from the grieving soul of a bereaved lover, and the haunting voices singing it all, ‘Ties’ creates a picture of an antique landscape, like something from a tragic historical fantasy.

The song describes the yearning for love that was lost to fate, while expressing a strong resolve to meet again one day.

곱게 개인 하늘에 무지개 닿는 날
나 그대 곁을 따라가리

The day when the rainbow gently arrives at my sky,
I will follow your side that day

Ties with the field of Crossover:

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Despite being different from previous musical endeavors, Forestella lives up to its title of a crossover group through ‘Ties’. Parallels can be drawn from this song to Gugak, the traditional Korean music form. Sung with techniques of the present day ballad, ‘Ties‘ retains the impact of the traditional literary language and expression while building a bridge to modern times through a vocal style that is very familiar to the present, if not completely modern.

Member and musical actor Doohoon structures the song with his soulful and delicate singing, supported by Woorim‘s gentle bass while Hyungho‘s light and sonorous and Mingyu‘s clear and emotive voices fill colors on the canvas of ‘Ties‘. The listener is sure to feel the anguishing and sorrowful narration that results as all these factors blend together as the final output.

In the promotional videos preceding the release, the members revealed that they had been working on this particular song since the beginning of the year. However, written with an ambiance of days of yore and embellished with traditional toppings, ‘Ties‘ makes for an apt Chuseok release.

꿈처럼 찬란한 순간 스쳐간 사랑이여
가련한 꽃잎 흩날리는 그날
그땐 꼭 다시 만나오

My love, you who flashed like a dream across splendid moments,
The day when pitiful flower petals flutter away,
That day, we shall meet again

Behind The Song:

The captivating lyrics of ‘Ties‘ is written by songwriter Shoon, who has previously written for various dramas such as ‘Mystic Pop-up Bar’ and ‘Born Again’. Going by the atmosphere, it is no surprise that the song is composed and arranged by music director Kim Sujin, who is known for the OSTs of dramas such as ‘Golden Tower’, ‘Nokdu Flower’ and ‘Let’s Eat’. Along with Kim Sujin, the members have themselves taken part in directing the vocals. The cover art is designed by Kiki Illustrations.

Ties’, along with their previous three singles this year, will form a part of Forestella‘s upcoming album scheduled to be out in November. Watch this space for more on Forestella releases.

Meanwhile, Forestella‘s 4th Single ‘Ties – 연 (緣)‘ is available to listen on Spotify, YouTube Music, and Melon.

IMAGE/VIDEO COURTESY – Arts & Artists Entertainment and Ko Woorim Instagram

3 thoughts on “Forestella sings about Connections and Fate in ‘Ties – 연 (緣)’”

  1. Woah, this is such a nice review, thank you so much keeping up with Forestella’s newest release!
    Ties is the kind of song that brings memories back and bring with them the feelings of those memories, the information behind the song was so interesting! I haven’t paid attention to those details before, thank you for pointing them out!

    Thank you for giving so much love to Forestella, I’ll be looking forward to their next work review!

  2. Woah, this is such a nice review, thank you so much keeping up with Forestella’s newest release!
    Ties is the kind of song that brings memories back and bring with them the feelings of those memories, the information behind the song was so interesting! I haven’t paid attention to those details before, thank you for pointing them out!

    Thank you for giving so much love to Forestella, I’ll be looking forward to their next work review!

  3. The exact words I wanted to express while listening to the song. It was well-written, thank you so much! I hope Forestella gets the recognition they deserve.

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