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Hello everyone!

Welcome back to our second edition of the K Crunch Indie playlist, where we talk about some cool and (fairly) new songs in Korean Indie. We make these into YouTube playlists, so if you’re watching this on a Mobile device, you’ll have to click on each video manually, but in Playlist mode on the computer, all the videos will play automatically one after another. Also, we’re linking to the music videos themselves here as well, just in case you want to jump back here for future interest. FORWARD HOOOOOOO!!!!!

1. eAeon – Bulletproof:

 

Any Apparat fans around here? We’re big fans ourselves, and even used an Apparat song for one of our older videos on Ramen Tasting. Anyhow, we don’t want to say that this is just like Apparat, more that they share a similar mystical and static-ey sound. This song actually totally blew us away, and our friends over at Korean Indie told us they are HUGE fans of this guy (who is the leader from the duo called Mot). This is his first solo album as eAeon and I can’t wait to hear more from him!

2. Big Phoney – I Love Lucy:

 

Ok. Elliott Smith. LAST NAME WE’RE GONNA DROP…or are we… Now, we know that there are lots of acoustic strumming, emo-singing guys out there, but, I swear, as soon as we heard Big Phoney sing we both gave each other big eyes and shouted “Elliott Smith!” It’s haunting. And this is coming from big fans of Elliott Smith (RIP). I think by sounding like “Elliott Smith” we mean that Big Phoney also has that kind of raw yet beautiful sound to his voice. I don’t know if I can explain this. Anyone want to help me?

3. One More Chance – 카페에 앉아

 

STEP BACK GIVE ME ROOM! *Simon begins pelvic thrusting* I didn’t think I’d ever hear something that reminded me of old 80’s R&B with that BING sound that I know so well, but sure enough, I did. Frankly, I don’t think this song is as great as the other songs on this list, but I think that’s because R&B relies heavily on understanding the baby making lyrics that accompany it, and since I can’t understand it very well, it kind of loses it’s appeal. But maybe that’s just me! Oh and Martina’s way out, because she rarely ever likes anything R&B related. Except for D’Angelo.

4. PeterPan Complex – 자꾸만 눈이 마주쳐

 

This song actually comes as a video request (we like video requests, by the way), so thanks to SerinaTomoe for suggesting the song.

Anyhow, we realized that when we were talking about this video we might have sounded a bit harsh since we didn’t really love the video, but when we looked back on what we filmed, we realized that we didn’t praise the song highly enough. This is a great, fun song. Sure, it doesn’t sound like the slower, softer PeterPan complex that fans are used to, but that doesn’t make it a bad song. We like it when bands evolve their sounds into something out of their comfort zone (like Animal Collective or The Liars…but not you Sufjan Stevens, your newest album was not good). OK NO MORE NAME DROPPING I SWEAR! Except for one: we only do these Indie Playlists once a week, and only cover a few songs. Do check out Korean Indie if you want to keep more up to date with the Korean Indie scene. They’re a lot more thorough than we are.

Lastly, if there’s a video you want us to do for the next playlist, leave us a video response, and we might just pick your video and song. Woot!

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  1. all the songs this week were amazing~ thanks for sharing!

  2. you know what i realized? this kinda music is music that needs to be listened to. not watched in a video… i was watching the second video, got bored, scrolled down to look at the comments, and then i realized “hey wait, this song is really pretty!” 

    lol. but yeah, not a big fan of the videos… the first video was quite visually pretty, but again, i get bored so quickly… i guess i just think k-pop lends itself better to video commenting since it’s so up-beat and in your face… 

    then again, i think i’m just really not a big fan of ballads. aren’t there indie bands that don’t do ballads? or like indies rock or punk or something? that’d be something i’d like to see!!

  3. Big Phoney sounds A LOT like Elliot Smith.  That “I Love Lucy” video was bananas!  Lessons on how to appropriately store your heart in the freezer.  Awesome.  I did wonder though, will the average Korean viewer (or international viewer) get the reference?  Did (or do) old American TV shows like I Love Lucy air in Korea?  Or will there be a bunch of people watching that video and saying, “What the hell was that all about?”  

  4. As much as I indulge my addiction to kpop, my heart true belongs to Indie music. I really love that you guys are introducing me to a whole new list of indie musicians to fall in love with. Thanks guys!

    • I’ve had that situation happen to me on many occasions. I will be having an in depth conversation about indie/alternative music present and past, then a friend of my will chime in that I listen to kpop and all of a sudden I’m too dumb to talk to any further. I’m too open minded, especially about music, to hide my love of any specific kind of genre. Good music is good music no matter the genre, language or cost gone into it. Glad there are others out there who feel the same, and have a song collection that keeps listeners on their toes.

  5. Loving eAeon. Thanks for the intro! ^_^

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