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Yay! We’re finally back to doing our K Crunch Indie playlists. Korean Indie music needs love too, you know! And we’re happy to see the view count looking pretty big on these songs.

Yozoh(요조) – Gazing at the Empty Sky

 

I feel like I want to talk about this song, but I’m so distracted by the music video that I can’t even concentrate. You know that I am a Korean drama fan (Martina here) but I really dislike it when dramas rely on super duper overreacting to be funny…because it’s not funny. At all. Like not even a little. I feel like overreacting was funny was I was five years old and couldn’t grasp clever humour. GARH! Wait, isn’t this a song? See? I can’t even listen to it because of the bad acting in the video. Okay, take me to a far away place…with trees…and grass…and wild Spudgys roaming free eating watermelon. Ah that’s better.

What kind of video does this lovely song deserve? Okay: picture a video filmed from the perspective of a dog, like a doggy cam is attached to the collar, and we get to go on an adventure with the dog as it gets fed by happy strangers on the street, smells dog bums, gets pet by good looking Koreans, gets chased by bigger dogs, and so on. At the end of the video the dog sees it’s owner, who it was separated from, and runs joyfully at him. They have a lick-ey and happy reunion but as the dog gets leashed up and they walk away, the dog gets tangled with another dog on a leash, and as the owners attempt to disentangle, they get more tangled and when the dog camera pans up, the guy is tangled up with a lovely Korean girl, and the owners look at each other all shyly and smile. Video ends. Ah yes, that matches this song perfectly.

Guckkasten – Montage

 

Next on our list is something far less cute than our first song. It’s Korean Rock with Guckkasten’s Montage. I’m a big fan of Guckkasten, but I didn’t love this song as instantly as I did their other songs. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but by the 1:05 mark I started to get happy. I just love the lead singers voice. It’s such a shock to hear his well trained voice against a chaotic rock background. The song settles down a bit near the middle and it reminds me a bit of the Mars Volta (I’m not sure why), but then the song build up again with the lead singer’s almost Muse-like singing voice. My favourite part is right near the end at the 3:30 second mark when the guitar starts wailing over the wailing vocals in an almost go go power rangers theme song format. DEDEDEDEDEDEDEDEDEDEDEE!!!!! (That was a guitar solo…)

Clazziquai Project – Flea

 

Last up is a request from SIRJORKY who requested Clazziquai project with “FLEA” which came out on Jan 20th, 2010 and we’re SHOCKED we’ve never heard this song because we have all the Clazziquai albums. Like, really, all of them. Love this song! Thank you SIRJORKY! Considering Clazziquai Project usually has a kind of uppity bossa nova feel, this song sounds a bit darker than their usual stuff, but the vocals take the edge off the dark beat with the lovely harmony from Alex and Horan. Once of my favourite things to do when listening to Clazziquai Project is searching for those little additional beats, hooks, or sounds DJ Clazzi slips in which keeps the song fresh. In this song after the 3:00 mark there starts to be a build up of a few high pitch notes that come in stronger around 3:50. It’s like vocal harmony and sync harmony all coming together. The video is also pretty dark, literally dark colour wise and plot wise too, with all the creepy looking devil people, white latex body suits, and creepy face changes. Interestingly, although we have listened to all their music, we haven’t watched all their music videos, so think I’ve gotta spend a couple hours catching up at some point. Okay, enough type talk, to the video!

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  1. Awesome playlist! I really liked the first song, but totally agree about the terrible acting. I finally had switch to a different tab because I couldn’t stand watching the video anymore, haha.

    I do, however, have a question that isn’t really related to the playlist, and for that, I apologize. I’ve looked all over your site and I can’t find the address to send you guys a little care package! Would someone be kind enough to either post it as a reply or direct me to where the information is posted? I didn’t see it in the FAQ, contact, or about tabs, but I might be blind. Thanks in advance!

    Edit: You guys should add it to the FAQ or contact pages, by the way! I feel so awful asking about it here, haha.

  2. I’m hooked on Clazziquai Project now! lol

  3. isnt that first vid the “my husband got a family” drama?

  4. thanks for the long awaited K-Crunch Indie! you guys MURDERED it today!!! tasty tasty murder…

  5. Have you seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bJXOJkDr-E&html5=True

    I don’t mean that you should review it, just have you seen it? It is a duo called One Two and the mv has JYP, Rain, and G.O.D. in it. It is ridiculous and funny and the song makes you want to bounce around like a crazy person. XD They def. don’t take themselves too seriously!^^

  6. wonderful songs, especially those last two! Guckkasten will be my new band on “must listen to” list. and Clazziquai Project song I like better than their other songs I’ve listened to. nice!

  7. By the way, Flea is totally on iTunes! I’m getting it as I type this. :D

  8. Dude, love the bit about True Blood! That had me dying with laughter. I have to say that my favorite song and video was Clazziquai Project’s Flea. That is a damn good song. So what if I don’t get the video. Isn’t that the norm nowadays?

  9. irritablevowel
    irritablevowel

    For a good part of Simon’s intros I was distracted by wanting everyone to see what the rest of his shirt said. I know that one! It’s a threadless classic!

  10. Jessica May

    K-Crunch indie is back Yay! I didn’t know this song from Clazziquai either but it’s just awesome (just as many other of their songs).

  11. nguyen_tuanh

    I watched the drama…well some episodes of the drama x) and I have to say…I too disliked the coffee shop scenes. The rest of this drama is so-so, since I haven’t watched ALL the episodes yet. I only liked the parts where the people you see at the beginning of the MV are the lead. The drama is like divided into parts and every part has its own lead characters (well that’s how the drama appeared to me and I only watched some episodes). Since I watched it on TV, I couldn’t do anything but endure the coffee shop scenes…like you said…it’s overreacting for nothing.
    I hope you could understand everything since English isn’t my mother tongue…^^

  12. Love Guckkasten and Clazziquai Project <3

    For me "Montage" has too many tempo changes in the beginning (don't know how to describe it :s)… But from around 2:20 I really love it :3. I don't hear Muse's vocalist here though o.O His voice is ten times more "high" imo! Guckakasten's lead vocal (I need to learn names omg -_-) has more kinda..old-rock-ish voice to me, more "harsh".

    100% agreement on Yozoh's song & video! She 's not really my thing, if it comes to Korean indie…

    I also love your glasses, Martina!

  13. Always enjoying watching K-Crunch Indie! new side of korea from the k-pop hahaha
    May I ask for a request here? If not, I apologize in advance. It is by 10 cm and the song is called Only U (it’s from I Need Romance 2012 OST), i think you guys would like the song. =3

  14. fuuko4869

    Yay!! Indie!! I love Indie!! Thank you for the indie!! Yay!!!
    My favourite from this list was Gukkakstsen….Guutcahksen….*scrolls up* …Guckkasten. In that first video by them that you showed us, I thought the lead singer was totally hot, and I still do. I love rock without screamo – alternative rock maybe?
    Not a fan of sweet songs, and I will never watch that kdrama, for sure. You can’t move because dude is touching your forehead? Seriously? =.=
    Oh and I already have Flea!! Listen to it in the car all the time :D I love Clazziquai, downloaded all their songs…….illegally. Ok, ok, I probably should buy it huh ._.

  15. Martina and Simon, I really love your glasses, and am getting my own rawesome pair… That is all.

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