We didn’t get the chance to put up an Indie playlist in what feels like FORRREEEVERRRRRR wait I mean…FOOORRREEEEVVVAAAARRR!!! On the plus side, that means we have lots of new music to look through and make choices from. I feel like today’s playlist is one of the most odd we put together, since it has ambient shoegazey rock, a female rapper with a whimsical music video and synth background beat, and a easy listening coffee shopesque group that channel their inner doowop.

This is exciting for us because when it comes to finding Korean indie music, we usually go through A LOT of easy listening coffee shop music. That seems to be the big thing to do in the indie scene in Korea, while it seems like including synths in your song is the trendy thing in indie North America. “I play synths. DA DA DADADA. We all play synths! DA DA DADADA!” My cat plays synths! Well…Meemers is being trained currently at S&M Entertainment to do so.

Anyhoo, these three groups/singers today, No Control, Nam Soorim, and Daybreak are actually totally new names to us. I know that Nam Soorim has been around under a different name Rimi and supposedly her past rap was a lot harsher and angrier sounding, so this is a big change for her. As for No Control 노컨트롤, I know they’ve been around since 2008 but we haven’t run across their name until this week. However, we like them A LOT A LOT so we’ll have to figure out how to get their music since they’re not available on iTunes. GRRRR. NOTE: Also! We totally messed up the name of their song, the name is actually Shigan 시간, but we read the name of the club this was performed at as their title, ahhh I’m so sorry! Daybreak is the most viewed band on this playlist since they are under the record label Happy Robot Records 해피로봇 레코드 and they represent lots of bands we’ve reviewed on this segment such as The Koxx, Soran, and The Solutions. I’m thinking Happy Robot Records and Fluxus Music put out some of our favourite music. Okay, before I talk any longer, check out these three very different bands, and let us know if you’ve known them at all before we have and what they were like.

Nam Soorim “Drive Me to the Moon”


No Control “시간”


Daybreak “Silly”


  1. Drive Me to the Moon!

    It is definitely a love story between two women. In the beginning, the girl with short hair makes a wish in the well (she seems sad). The butterfly brings us to a beautiful long-haired woman, who pins a butterfly in her hair, then turns around to give the short-haired girl the butterfly. (They’re meeting for the first time, and the butterflies suggest that they share a certain something important in common.) The short-haired girl’s wish has come true.

    At the end when they’re holding hands they look and lean toward each other in a very romantic (and hopeful!) fashion. The foot accelerating on the gas pedal indicates excitement and the achievement of the song’s goal. Yep, definitely a love story focused on the love between two women. I like to think that the song title is further proof of this, since driving to the moon is physically impossible, just as some might say love between to women is impossible. Yet, the two girls are doing the impossible and driving to the moon. Perhaps the idea of two girls being together is not so impossible after all.

    I’m utterly in love with the beauty of this song and the gorgeous illustrations. What’s not to like? It’s dreamy, hypnotic, romantic, happy, hopeful, and makes me feel oddly content. Hands down, I choose Drive Me to the Moon.

  2. Hurricane Sandy was unbelievably….loud. And I live in place where it’s surrounded by trees. And our power was off so we huddled together to defeat the cold. But now the power came back on so I’m happy. BTW I missed school from Mon to Fri. AWESOME! But I guess I should get used to it since it snows a lot here.

  3. k-indie here :D , thanks for the playlist , opens up my music playlist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSPPr8i67Vw&feature=g-u-u

  4. love Daybreak’s music:D what a cute vid. And is that Mr. Brohoho’s brick wall? :D

  5. I loved all the songs that were on here! I became a fan now :D BTW plz wish me luck for Hurricane Sandy. It’s my very first time and I don’t want to die. If I make it I’ll keep watching your vids! ^^

  6. THANK YOU SOMUCH for this Indie playlist!!! After Urban Zakapa, me so falling in love with Daybreak!!

  7. I wanna request a song too! There’s no video for it but it’s a really good song. You should listen to Jooyeong- Same as you. I really like it a lot! Hope you guys do too :)

  8. “drive me to the moon” sounds like something i would hope to hear as an anime intro or closing theme. love… <3
    no control sounds cool. its been a while since ive heard that garage rock feel, let alone as a Korean group.

    "silly"… i think ill be playing this at my wedding next year. :D
    thanks eyk for new tunes!

  9. “drive me to the moon” is soo lovely. in every way. just beautiful.
    “no control” sounds like chris cornell. it’s not bad, but it’s been done better.

    and “silly” reminds me of a mellow maroon5 only the lead singer is not annoying and rather adorable.. =D

  10. I want to request this song. it’s serious epic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmcZx0ydG_Q the name of the band is called Peterpan Complex (피터팬컴플렉스) and the song is called 자꾸만 눈이 마주쳐

    Also Mate’s song Play it really good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx0ygJa5zMY

  11. YESSSSSSSSSSS K-INDIE!!! Oh oh how i’ve missed you my precious. I have been doing college all week and today in fact which is why i am only viewing this now and my god such a fantastic way to chill and rewind with 3 totally awesome but completely different tracks :D
    First was simply great and because i’ve been on a non stop run of Hip-Hop due to @fuuko4869:disqus it was just the perfect song and i am a big fan of female rappers (e.via being one to mention)
    Second was immense totally going to check out their soundcloud that they posted.
    Third welll such smooth vocals it was so inviting and such a sublime MV too :D

    Ahhhh i wish more people would check out the K Crunch Indie and comment and get a good bit of name dropping of other k-indie artist :(
    I mean i like K-pop always will but nothing gets to me like K-Indie its so frickin awesome

  12. I really enjoyed all the songs in the playlist this week! Female rappers and awesome news sounds. Actually, it’s a weird thing to notice, but part of what I love about SILLY is that the video has texture. I’m so used to white walls and super polished set designs in K-MVs that it’s so incredibly refreshing to see natural textures.

  13. i love the reverse movements in Daybreak’s Silly mv too. it’s like in Se7en’s Going Crazy and i think it’s really cool XD
    was it just me, or were they in Brohoho’s famous brick room??? hahaha noooo Mr. Brohoho strikes again??

  14. i what gain bloom for music moday pleace

  15. Totally agree with you guys! Love the vocalist for No Control! His voice is totally awesome! Daybreak’s video was so cute and awesome!

  16. I thought they were sisters but I can see them as a couple as well~ ^^

  17. Loved it <3 <3 <3
    Lol I am not usually into the K Crunch Indie segment but this one was awesome!! :D
    I absolutely loved “Drive me to the Moon” and “Silly”.
    Thanks for all of the hard work that you both put into this site. Love you guys!!

  18. Thank you so much for putting up another Indie playlist. I’ve been waiting impatiently for it. =P <3 I'm thinking about making a video request but I don't know if my laptop camera will cut it. xD; That and I'm a Nervous Nelly.


    Drive Me to the Moon is beautiful and relaxing. And what ever it means, the video is beautifully done and makes me smile.

    Shigan was a little much for me but I can totally appreciate the song and the vocals blended into the instrumentals SO WELL. =O It was AWESOME to hear.

    Silly was so unbearably cute. xD I wanted to reach into the video and give them hugs…though I know that would probably terrify them on more than one level. Hahahaha!

  19. Nam Soo-Rim sounds amazing! The chorus bugged me a little bit, it’s not my kind of thing, but I’ll definitely check out more of her songs, especially if she sounds harsher in her previous works.

  20. I was so happy to see this post pop up in my g-reader! I love when you guys do your K Crunch Indie segments. Win!!! And all three of them were great songs! I could totally picture myself sitting in a korean cafe shop, sipping on some cutely decorated lattes, and people watch (like a creeper.) ;)

  21. lol did you hear Rimi say “Make a love?” SHE’S IN KAHOOTS WITH JUNHYUNG! that second one, it had a little dot of light that floated around a little bit, kind of distracting. i love the instruments but i’m not really into scream-o-esque vocals :/ and i LOVED! the last one, its amazing!

    • Exactly what I wanted to say hahaha….. both the ‘Make a love’ and the ‘scream-o-esque vocals’ lol. What a good name have u found for this genre of music hahaha. Not meaning to offend anyone that likes it, it’s just not my type. and may I add that Daybreak’s Silly is just too good to be true as a MV and song lol, portrays me sending texts so well haha

  22. I am really liking the video and song for ‘Drive Me to the moon’. It has such a sweet but brash sound and I like the mix of synth, rap and guitar. I also think Martina is right about it being two girls portrayed as I heard one of the lines mention ‘make love’ and also the general tone, especially at the end was very evocative of a fun but passionate night with someone you love.

    Have to go watch the rest of the update now, but I really liked that song so I had to stop and comment before my rain got overwhelmed with what came next.

  23. I saw the video for “Drive Me to the Moon” on my bus ride home, but kept forgetting to look it up! I didn’t think I was gonna like the song, but I actually really did! The sort of chord-cluster vocals reminded me of Imogen Heap’s singing style.

  24. I’m glad you don’t have to wear those glasses Martina!

    1:47 it would really cool if it wasn’t Martina

    I love the first song (I haven’t checked if the song has any English subs online but I really hope it’s not about shoujo ai! > . < I love the idea of friends forever too much)

    I see Simon hasn't got rid of his sunglasses yet T__T poor Simon…

    The second song's instrumental is amazingly good although I can't hear the singer's voice that well – . – (I could totally picture your story Simon!)

    third song…. wow O.o I could imagine myself running through the clouds! Brilliant! (the band members aren't so good at acting though – . – )

    This weeks indie playlist was perfect for me! I love all the songs! Thank you for the upload (and for the awesome request!)!

  25. “대공분실” translates approximately as “counter-communism sub-department”. It is a part of the notorious KCIA during dictatorship period. Suspects maybe arrested without warrant and tortured, forced to confess to false charges. The scream heard in the background of this video may signify torture?

  26. yay, you guys don’t have to wear sun glass anymore! :)

  27. Thank you for posting! We don’t distribute our music in iTunes now, but you can hear our music in here : http://soundcloud.com/nocontrol/sets/1st-full-length-album-no-1/


    I’M POOKXYZ…. and it is in fact not my real name. It’s Magnolia.

    I forgot… NEXT TIME!


  29. I was wondering where I’d heard that last one – I’ve actually seen that request before :O I remember her earrings!
    Yes, while you guys were on hiatus, I went hunting on youtube for all the K-Crunch Indie requests, to satisfy my k-indie cravings :p

    I love, love the first song, because:
    – I’m a hip-hop junkie
    – I love hearing girls rap
    – I’m a massive fan of anything animated, especially so artistically
    – Shoujo-ai ftw :p

    As for the second song, sorry but it’s not my style ~ *sings Rania’s Style*

    • HEYYY i checked your friends band out and loved them :D
      As you probably could tell from that list i am big fan of electronic music so when i played the first song i was like yes YESSSSSSS!!!

      ahaha i am determined to get them to put EE Total Art in the K Crunch Indie playlist ahaha the videos are so 80’s and wondrous but i can’t do a video request so it will never happen :D

      • YESSS :D

        I’m guessing you mean Electric Sea Spider, cos he’s the electronic one, and he’s by far my most successful musician friend. He’s performed with Flying Lotus and had his music bought by TV stations to play during…..the weather broadcast…….okay that doesn’t sound very cool, but HEY his song was on TV???!! xD

        I liked most of the stuff on your playlist, even though Phoenix was the only group I’d ever heard of. Emilie Simon was nice too :D

        Oh and glad you were listening to my hip hop playlists too btw :p Epik High yea?

        You should do a video request anyway!! I managed to make an animated video using Paint and Windows Movie Maker, that solved my camera phobia problem :p

        • YEAH that is indeed the one. Awesome music ahh it was right up my street LOVED IT!!!
          THE WEATHER BROADCAST!!! damn you have some cool weather broadcasts i just have Diane telling me more rain is coming :(

          Hahaha Phoenix are such a great band, glad you liked some stuff on it.

          Bahaha i shall give that some thought xD

  30. i liked the drive me to the moon is so beautiful and the voices are sweet.


  32. wow almost no comments yet! thank you S&M ^^

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