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K Crunch Indie: Keice Soup Pigeons

April 1, 2012

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It’s time for the K-Indie update! I bet some of you thought we were buried under several dozen molotov cocktails thrown by angry Shinhwa fans, but we’re not! We’re alive and well and ready to introduce some awesome bands that probably don’t have fan groups that want to murder us over our opinion! Yay! We got Analogsoop, National Pigeon Unity, and Hugh Keice.

1) ANALOgSOOp – 아날로그 숲

Now we’re not sure if the song is called “Analogsoop analog forest” or if the album is called Analog Forest, so we’ll just go for Analogsoop. That was really hard type up, so I’m just going to call them AS for now. This is a pretty rocking song. It’s a rock song with electric guitars but also acoustic guitars, and I’m pretty sure I heard some synths sneaking in at the beginning. And the lead singer is HAWWWWT! (< --this is Martina). Remember a while ago I complained that I didn't like the female lead singer of the band OK PUNK (who yes, I know she wasn't a professional singer, still didn't like her voice). Well this girl has an awesome voice, and sorry to be really girly here, but I totally loved her outfit at the very beginning with the plaid pants and black shirt, but then suddenly she switches to no pants and I was like, "oh…where did yer plaid pants go?" Back to the song! I do like this song but I actually like some of there other songs better, like "My Heart Hurts", which kind of ditches the rock feel, so it's weird that I like this song better…maybe it matches her voice better? I don't know what happened. Anyways, check out both songs if you can (you can search the other one on YouTube) and let me know what you think of the different sounds. 2) Hugh Keice – Dancing in the Rain

This is a pretty lovely song with a lovely British accent. Hey look! We got it right for once! Can you believe it! Hugh Keice is currently living in London, England so it’s a British accent! Not Norwegee!!! What a cute word…Norwegee… Anyhoo, this is very much a sit back and chill kind of acoustic song, along with the other songs he produces, singer songwriter Hugh Keice is someone you can listen to while reading a good book or when walking around in a pretty city and soaking in all the scenery. Did that sound cheesy…*re-reads it* yeah…totally did. Oh! When you watch the video, look for the guy playing the tambourine with his foot like a boss. I’m pretty sure he’s also playing a kind of drum as well. Anyhow, if you’re interested in Hugh Keice, read more about him over at Korean Indie. They’re cool people :D

3) National Pigeon Unity – Format 1

Coolest. Name. Ever. Format 1 is a kind of break beats meets instrumental song. Simon totally digs this song and pictures an elaborate fight sequence of some sort unfolding. The 2:08 second part marks the entrance of an evil boss FOR SURE. This song sounds quite different than other songs on their album. Some of the songs have heavy distortion and heavy drums and singing, and then other songs are more acoustic with beats. It’s very unique. Personally, I’m a BIG fan of the song “Root” which has a singer in it and a pretty heavy distorted dreamy feel to it. It reminds me of young Radiohead, but a little heavier. Check out Simon’s track of choice “Format 1” but be sure to check out my fav song “Root” as well.

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  1. In Dancing in the Rain, the drummer is playing a cajon!

    5 years ago
  2. Simon and Martina – the picture for National Pigeon Unity’s song is totally of a tree pretending to be a person. It’s all like, OMG I DON’T LIKE BEING A TREE SO THE NEXT BEST THING IS HUMANITY, and it puts a mask on. For some strange reason everyone doesn’t notice at all that there are branches and roots spewing out of his head until later and then they kill him with fire. Pretty good, huh?

    5 years ago
  3. What in the world are you talking about, Martina?! That dude’s “British accent” is nothing but o’s instead of a’s and softer r’s. He’s singing in American English.
    You’ve been in Korea too long. 

    5 years ago
  4. I’m also scared of zombies….

    5 years ago
  5. So apparently, 숲(soop) means forest in Korean. So AnalogSoop and AnalogForest are both one and the same. Who would have thunk? :P

    5 years ago
  6. Glad you liked it!

    5 years ago
  7. I fully admit to repeating “dancing” the way he says it in the song.  I think it’s a rule that when Americans hear a British accent, we immediately have to imitate it and then refer to things like tea and the Queen.  It’s in the same rule book that says we must say “Polo!” when someone says “Marco”.  
    On another note, playlist mode hasn’t been working for me lately.  It’s like the videos and the intros are on two different lists.  I can either watch all of the intros in a row, or all of the videos in a row, but they’re not alternating.
    So you incurred the wrath of the Shinhwa fans?  Heh, saw that one coming.  That kind of stuff goes with the territory of critical review though.  I continue to find it fascinating and amusing how serious some fans are.  Superfans invest so much affection into their favorite thing that it becomes religion. Kpop fandom is a heck of a show.

    5 years ago
    • I’ve been having the same problem with the playlist business.  Ah! So weird.

      5 years ago
      • Ok, we’re going to send YouTube an email. This is the second playlist in a row that wasn’t working, so we’ll check it out! To the playlist mobile! NANANANANANAAA!

        5 years ago
  8. I don’t understand why “getting hit by a car” is so frequently used as romantic symbolism in Korean music.  Or in the case of the video above (2:34), getting HARDCORE CRUSHED by a car.  Why doesn’t the girl ever accidentally fall into a wood chipper or something?

    5 years ago
    • Ha!  I don’t think getting hit by a car is symbolic here.  Cars don’t really respect pedestrians here in Korea.  We’re always worried about cars hitting us.  Just two days ago, in fact, we were almost hit by a car who didn’t want to wait for us to cross the street.  

      5 years ago
  9. “This song sounds quite different then other songs on their album.” — Then? Such a mistake from an English teacher… smh lol

    5 years ago
    • OH GOD!  The shame!

      *hangs head low and walks away timidly*

      5 years ago
      • Double the shame!
        “I do like this song but I actually like some of there other songs better, like ‘My Heart Hurts'”

        5 years ago
  10. I’m glad you guys are still doing your videos like usual. :) It was just a bunch of people who got their panties in a twist. At this point, I probably shouldnt be shocked over how much fan groups overeact. Oh and I really liked your playlist.

    5 years ago
  11. i really liked this playlist!!
     i dont really like rock/punk music so i like it when you guys put more slow and melodic musics. it would be cool if you had one song from each genre in your plylist, but i guess thats too hard to do!! and guys, dont feel down because of the comments for shinhwa!! you would probably do the same… anyways, have a good weekend!!

    5 years ago
    • Yeah, we’d like to be able to represent each genre for Korean Indie every week, but that really depends on what comes out, you know?  Some weeks it’s easy to pick songs out; others it’s a little more tough :D

      5 years ago
      • Oh Boy!  “Dauncing in the Rain” Starring Eric Nies:  Reminded me of The Real World New York Season 1.

        5 years ago