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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!

ToFebruary
  1. “Ducks poop a lot…”
    LOL did not know that!

  2. I really like this week’s playlist, especially the last song. I’m glad that nothing was blocked by GEMA and I could watch all the videos ~.~

  3. Eunice Kim

    I’m not going to make a video request, but you guys should listen to Loveholic – 인어, 세상을 걷다  if you haven’t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbUpjuksZFI
    Beautiful song, but not that indie. All of Loveholic’s other songs are awesome, too.

  4. I remember my korean friends made me listen to peter pan complex, I’m glad to listen to them again, thank u guys :)

  5. I just came across with this gem:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=33doKelJz4M#!It’s a new punk rock band called OK PUNK! and their debut song is called Not the End. I really really like it! There are some complaints that the lead singer (actress  Kim Ok Bin) is not a good singer and her voice is not that good. Personally I think she is cool and her voice fits the genre. Cause let’s face it punk-rock music is not really about being an awesome singing talent. :)

  6. alejandra heredia

    princessoftea.wordpress.com has a lot of translations, unfortunately, for huge fans of k-indie it’s a little bit difficult to find enough pages of translations, (sice google translate is not a good idea)
    I love Mot, “strange seasons” is my favorite CD from them. Now eAeon blew my mind *dances* & you should listen “널 생각해” if you loved “카페에 앉아” 
    Have a nice day~~!!!

  7. i love one more chance sooo much!!! where can I find it’s lyrics?

  8. stardustyuri

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

  9. I tried leaving a video response/request on the Youtube page, but it would not let me post the full video address, so I am posting it here too, just in case you missed it or could not get into the video.    www.youtube.com/watch?v=096M7rshazM

  10. Really enjoyed eAeon’s Bulletproof. The song sounds wonderful ^_^
    I hope one day you guys talk about Gukkasten. They have awesome voice and color!

  11. Anonymous

    Simon, before I go any further, that baby-makin’ bell sound you identify is the cowbell noise from a Roland TR-808 drum machine… probably one of the most famous drum machines in the history of music. It’s no wonder you love this noise, it’s a cowbell after all.

    Anyway, awesome playlist! Can’t wait for more K Crunch Indie!

  12. I didnt like the I love lucy one bc it was too long and depressing. For Indie music I have to be in a mood, but I really liked the fist video.

  13. Are we sure Big Phony isn’t Elliot Smith?? Could 2Pac be mixing his stuff as well?? That sounds exactly like Elliot Smith. Creeeeeeeeepy!!!!!!!

  14. kawaii_candie

    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!!

  15. thanks for the list! i wasn’t really feeling peterpan complex though. :I but i do love eAeon. Also, i would like to request Mate, their music are really soothing and nice, and it has a rock/pop/balad type of feel to it. i can’t really describe it, but i really like it. :)

  16. Anonymous

    eAeon-Bulletproof- reminds me a lot of the Postal Service which is a great group, or another that sounds similar probably much more well known, Owl City.
    One More Chance – 카페에 앉아- was really good for an R&B, I’m not too much into R&B either, but I gotta give it props it’s very soothing:)
    Big Phoney-I Love Lucy- so do I lol, great song, though don’t kill me I’ve never heard of Elliot Smith :P and like Simon, I don’t like when my music video stops playing music.
    PeterPan Complex – 자꾸만 눈이 마주쳐- Sorry, I wasn’t feeling it :P and the video didn’t help either.

  17. I can’t believe I am just now hearing of eAeon. Bulletproof is an amazing song, now all I have to do is get my hands on some albums AND I’m golden :) Thanks Simon and Martina.

  18. Anonymous

    I don’t know where should I leave a request because I don’t wanna film myself :P So I thought it might be a good idea to leave it here since you guys (simon&martina) might check the comments in here regularly

    I’m not sure how big is friendz.net in Korea, but if you guys have never heard of it then check it out! It comprise of a different group/individual singer who (I think) are previous music student (Though I’m not sure cos it’s been a while since I read their bio) which are J Rabbit, leeSA, Yana, H^3(HCube), and might be someone else I forgot to included on the list.

    The latest youtube video is this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwkofiMkSpk&feature=colike

    but J Rabbit and leeSA released an album….a while ago I think

  19. I adore the new songs. I really like getting to hear new things, especially if I like them, and this hit the nail on the head. May times I’ll watch and re-watch music videos you’ve posted. This is no exception. Keep ‘em comming please :) <3

  20. DoMonique Osborn

    Youtube was giving me a hard time, so Im posting this here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDIVzQdOf9o
    ‘I got that good love girl, ya didn’t know’
    Brought back some memories… :)

  21. oh yeah I like this set better than previous one :) 
    I love MoT so I’ll check out eAeon :D
    and PeterPan Complex’s song is really catchy :D

  22. irritablevowel

    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?”  

  23. Great job guys :)!!! 
    Big Phony reminds me of Magnet, great voice ^^

  24. a big big thank you for introducing eAeon’s bulletproof! while i recommended it in the comments i didn’t make a video request. but i’m just so happy you chose it, since so many people are already loving it – as they should~ 8D

    love the peterpan complex, but did never take the time to look into them. now i will. :) the other 2 songs were good as well, loved the video to big phony very much!

  25. Anonymous

    does anyone know the one more chance and peterpan complex song titles in english?

  26. ONE MORE CHANCE WAS SOO AWESOME <3 :D:D:D:D:D 

  27. I love eAeon!! ♥
    Thanks Simon & Martina :33333
    “Bulletproof” is an awesome song! *–* -run away(?)-

  28. That Big Phony song sounds an awful lot like Travis’ Love Will Come Through, I think. Which is, by the way, one of the most underrated songs ever…
    I’m really enjoying your k-indie selection. 
    I’m also pretty hooked on that Clazzi song, Love&Hate. Wouldn’t it be cool if you were to appear in one of his MVs ? 
    Hugs, cupcakes and kisses from Romania!!

  29. I’m in love with big phony! I want to marry them and make big phony babies!! But seriously i’m in love with this song and i could listen to it over and over!!!
    PS one more chance is a close second…

  30. thisisjustforfunval

    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!

    • Awesome!  Thanks for the comment.  You know, it seems like a lot of the discussions we have with people about music degenerates into something along the lines of “You like pop music?  Then you clearly can’t appreciate anything else because you’re an idiot.”

      I’m glad that there are other people that can listen to any kind of music, regardless of its genre or production budget.

      • thisisjustforfunval

        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.

  31. Wooo this is awesome! 

  32. Sascha Wong
    Sascha Wong

    Loving eAeon. Thanks for the intro! ^_^

  33. Anonymous

    Just FYI – it looks like you mixed up the playlist – Big Phoney and 카페에 앉아 need to switch spots I believe.  (If you have fixed this already, sorry, my bad!)

    Otherwise I am in love with eAeon and Big Phoney!  Thanks you guys!

  34. a k-indie duo i really love at the moment is rooftop moonlight (옥상달빛), their songs are so pretty. they did a remix with myname’s song message the other month and appeared on music bank (i think or music core) with them and did a song for the drama pasta which gained them a bit of attention from international kpop fans.

  35. Anonymous

    LOVE eAEon bulletproof. Must get it

  36. Anonymous

    I think i may be in love with eAeon…..

  37. i’m happy that you guys are introducing us to more than just standard/regular kpop. y’all know you’re my music providers, right~?

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