May 6, 2012
1) Hugh Keice “Drink in the Desert”
Yay! Another Hugh Keice song. In case you missed it when we reviewed Hugh Keice last time, Hugh Keice sings entirely in English, and that’s cool! Come to think of it, though, I’m not sure if Hugh Keice really qualifies as Korean Indie by our standards, you know? Hugh Keice is Korean, but he’s based out of the UK and sings in English. That’s kind of like Far East Movement, in a way, and we wouldn’t really consider Far East Movement Kpop. Ah well. I think we’ll be more strict in picking our Korean Indie artists next time, because we’re trying to reflect what Korean Indie music is being played in Korea, kind of like how we’re trying to show what Korean Pop music is being played in Korea. Problem is, we can’t know for sure what indie music is being played in Korea because, well, it’s Indie, which makes it not easy to pinpoint. Ah! Rambling! Anyhow, moral of the story: cool song and video by Hugh Keice.
2) Mighty Coala “열대야”
Ok, this is not what we had in mind when we first heard of the name. First off, I never thought of “Koala” as being spelled with a C. Maybe it’s like those rare times I see Korea being spelled “Corea” as well? Also, this band has such an oxymoron of a name, isn’t it? In what way could a Koala be mighty? Supposedly they sleep more than any other animal in the world, because they eat lots of eucalyptus leaves and are constantly zonked out. Or, at least that’s what I heard on a random radio show we were on two or so years ago. MIGHTY KOALAS: SLEEPING LIKE NONE OTHER! But they’re bears, so they can be violent, too. I had to Google “Koala Attack” to see if I could prove my point, and give Koalas a greater sense of mightiness. Turns out there’s a band called Koala Attack. Ha! But wikipedia said Koalas are aggressive as well, so…yeah. I guess. Not that this song reflects Koalas attacking or being aggressive. This song fits perfectly with the sleepy koala stereotype, as it almost seems like a lullaby. Ha!
3) Nell “기억을 걷는 시간”
Ok, this song is going up there with some of our favourite Korean songs ever. Really: this here – QUALITY. We usually separate our Kpop Music Urges from our other music urges. Kpop has its time and place, as does – say – listening to Beach House, and the two don’t really cross paths for us often. Kpop makes us dance and have fun, puts smiles on our faces, gets us up and going when we’re feeling lethargic, but it doesn’t often have special places in our lives, it doesn’t really have a kind of life-essence beauty to it, you know? Ah! Don’t kill us for that. I think some of you will agree with us here.
Anyhow, this is a Korean song that we’ll put in our “beautiful music” rotation rather than our “kpop music” rotation. The last two minutes: some of our favourite Korean music ever. Really beautiful stuff. This is soundtrack-of-your-life kind of music, the end of a romantic comedy movie. It’s…just…so…good! So check it out, even if you’ve seen it before, watch it again, and if you haven’t seen it before, you can thank us in the comments :D