This is a super fantastic K-Indie playlist if i do say so myself. But it does put you on a rollercoaster of emotions taking you from upbeat rock to funky disco to dreamy wind down music.

24Hours 째깍째깍

First up is a punkrockbritrock band called 24Hours and their song “Tick Tock Tick Tock”. Okay so question about genres. Can you call a band that is not from Britain brit-rock? Is that its own genre now because i want to call these guys brit rock. Just from my feels. Now I mentioned in the video that I got their album from their label who swung by the studio and dropped off some CDs (which I’ll talk more about in another indie playlist) and these guys were amongst the CDs. First off, so cool that they even know about us! We didn’t contact them, they just put this package in our mailbox with a letter! Lately a lot of Korean indie bands and labels are starting to see the views from the Nasties heading over and discovering their music, so I feel like this is a really positive step to getting more Korean music out there. But…the biggest problem we faced: no CD players anywhere! Simon order his macbook with no CD drive and we removed the CD drive from the other to make room for another hard drive, no boom box, no stereo…but then we remembered that I had a cd drive on my old crusty macbook! Yaaaaa! It was all like, “ughhhh why are you awakening me…” Anyhoo, I was seriously impressed with their album. I was so impressed I let it to Ryan to listen to, who was all like, “OH I know these guys cause I’m so indierific” but I let him borrow the album to listen to and he was happy. I’ll have to ask Ryan to add his review of it in the comment section. Also, I noticed there is the official video I linked you guise to and also another official video on the CJ entertainment youtube site, but I’d rather send you guise to TripperSound since they were the ones that reached out and gave us the album to begin with.

Common Ground – Shake it!

Next up is Common Ground with “Shake It”. It came out on April 29th 2013 but these guys have been around since 2004. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of them until now. I mean, when I checked out their other stuff there was a huge mix of things including solo work as members of jazz groups or making appearances in orchestras and stuff so these guys are more like a big band, but NOW they are the SNL Korea band! How cool is that??!! If you look up Jay Park’s “Joah” on SNL you can see them playing in the back! WHOO!!! I just, I just have big feels for disco. I began my addiction with the Beegees at a young age, my dad and I had their best of album in the car and we’d listen to it driving between science fair competitions…yes, I was in a lot of science fair competitions SHUT UP OKAY!!?? Point being, disco has a special place in my heart. YEAAaaaa…we just need some Disco metal and my life would be complete. Someone please make this happen.

Byul.org – Pacific

Last up was a couple requests from Miriam but we could only pick one, so we went with Byul.org the strangest named band I’ve come across in a while. I’m just gonna call them Byul, which I’m pretty sure means Star in Korean, unless this is some other Byul. Byul is an electronica/dreampop kind of band and Simon really got into shoe gaze and dream pop and chill wave stuff in university and never went back. Since then he’s introduced me to lots of cool bands, like Junior Boys, M83, My Bloody Valentine, Neon Indian, BlackbirdBlackbird, Toro Y Moi, Purity Ring to name a few, but we’ve listened to those bands SO SO much we were really looking forward to finding new bands. Byul is really matching that urge for a new band. It’s always difficult to explain how a dream pop song sounds, because it’s usually an emotion all mashed up into an arm waving kind of song with a buzzy blurry hum that permeates the whole thing, but the video, oh the video, is so lovely. They really captured a young group of people having fun together in such an artistic way, but not so artsy that you wanted to rub your eyes out of your skull. I’m not into that kind of of “YEAAHH MANNNNN N THIS NON-MOVING FAKE GREEN SNAIL REPRESENTS LIFE AND GREED MANNNNNNN”. I studied enough symbolism in Univeristy and listened to enough spoken poetry to smell stinky art spit-up. *flashback shivers* ANyhoo, this is not that video. It’s great. I especially love that I can’t quite pinpoint people’s ages. I mean I know they’re not 12 but they look 18 – 24. I just can’t tell. Oh! And their album is on iTunes called “Secret Stories Heard From A Girl In An Opium Den”. Oh. So artsy fartsy.

  1. Reading that you guys like bands like Neon Indian, My Bloody Valentine and Purity Ring makes me so happy!

  2. I already had 24 hours – Tick Tock in my you tube play list ^_^ LOVE this song! I’m so glad you’ve reviewed it. It needs some serious exposure. I’d say this is one of my top 10 indie songs for the year. (so far)

  3. common ground!!!!! hell yeah!!

  4. Wait… isn’t Byul that name of a korean singer? umm… HaHa’s (Superkid) wife.

  5. That Byul.org video is directed by Namkoong Sun, Byul’s wife and a very talented filmmaker. She also did the video for Neon Bunny’s “Come a Little Closer”.

    If the Byul.org website seems a little artsy fartsy, it’s probably because the collective is as much about design and art as they are about music. They put together odd magazines and art installations and other fun stuff.

    Anyhow, I love “Pacific.” Great song. Very Joy Division-y.

    • to be honest I’m a little dissapointed to find out that it was the same director for “Come a little closer” because as much as I thought “Pacific” was a very well made piece of film, I thought the Neon Bunny MV was a load of garbage (the second half of it I mean). this is of course MY opinion but also a shared opinion with many others I have talked to that have seen it

  6. Hey Simon and Martina :)

    PosT PANiC(포스트패닉), an indie band from the same company as Glen Check just released their new song called

    Outer space. It’s really good, you have to check it out!


  7. Urgh, I’m so excited you did a playlist with 24 Hours included. I love them. They were on my list of bands to do a request for but now I don’t have to. ^___^

  8. ARCTIC MONKEYS YEEEEESSSSSSS I am so happy that even came out of your mouth.

  9. I am blown away by 24 hours! i love them already! so good!

  10. I totally have to agree with you Martina, this week’s indie playlist is off the chain!!! *lots of blank stares* Fine, I’ll stick to my own brand of slang -_- Bunch of haters… grumble grumble*

    ANYWAY!!!! I used to listen to Purity Ring’s album all the time till it got a little repetitive, but I still really like Dream Pop!! One of these days I really need to categorize what kind of music I like and really listen to a little bit of each; most people only think I’m into electronic/top 40 pop (like 90% of K-Pop), but I really do like a lot of different genres of music. *ahem* ON TO THE SONGS!!! My favorite out of the three would definitely have to 24 Hour’s “Tick Tock TIck Tock”. This kind of fast pace, uber danceable punk rock music is high on my list of favorite songs. Come to think of it, anything I can jump to is my favorite kind of music XD Oh well *Kanye Shrug* I like that it changes up frequently; it doesn’t let you define it, it defines itself!! And to answer your question Martina, I always thought of punk rock as punk rock; you may attach Brit to it if you wanna :D

  11. Another great KIndie list. Certainly my favourite section of the music side of EYC.

    I always enjoy the cultural side posts, very informative.

  12. First comment in a KIndie post~ yay~
    I really liked 24Hours’ song, somehow catchy huh :3
    gonna download it and listen to it till my ears bleed~ okno xDD

  13. Thanks for picking my request!

  14. Great k-indie. all three songs are a great mix to listen to, my personal favourite was 24hs, i need to hear more from that band.

  15. Here’s an interview video of Byul.org (모임 별) that is subtitled in English:

    Jowall (조월), one of the members, released an album this year. You can listen to his music on his site:

  16. This has nothing to do with the Indie Playlist, but I was wondering if you could possibly do a TLDR (or at least some type of info) on school in Korea, more specifically on types of classes, how they differ from those taught in North American schools, and what kind of special classes (P.E. and band) are offered. I’ve been debating for a while whether to study in Korea as an exchange student and I want to know more about the schools before I go. It would be hard, because I get lonely, but I really think it would be a good experience, especially because I LOVE Korea!!! :)

    • A couple more questions to add: How are exchange students received at Korean schools? Do people want to be friends with them or are they left alone because they aren’t Korean? Also, how many exchange students are there at a typical school? At my school, there are around 10-12 with about 5 or 6 of them being Korean.

  17. Love all three videos this week :D

  18. Lost in Kyoto by AIR is one of my all time favourite songs and it is the twelfth track on the Lost in Translation soundtrack. You guys should definitely check out their Moon Safari Talkie Walkie and Pocket Symphony album. Those records have such a dreamy and relaxing quality to them.

  19. I haven’t even gotten past the first video because the girl in 24 Hours could seriously be Teo from LunaFly’s twin sister 0.0
    Anyone else see it?

  20. Common Ground was awesome sauce! But I did a search on youtube for more of their songs and came up with this other version of “Shake It” video since I couldn’t find the one you posted. It looks legit – but even if it isn’t – sooooooooo much crazy more awesomeness there – you must see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIH6BJe32IY

  21. I love the first groups main vocalist! he reminds me of Bobby Kim…if Bobby Kim ever did punk rock <_<. I actually saw the disco video on YouTube before this, I just never clicked on it. ?And anyway…it needs…MORE COWBELL! I'm not that into dream pop though.

  22. The “Pacific” is not the kind of music I enjoy, but I did like the music video. Other than that, I liked this indie playlist! It was actually really fun!

  23. There’s another Nasty in Santa Cruz?! Miriam! (I hope that’s how you spell your name…) If you see this comment, can you please contact me on Facebook? I need to find someone to talk to about the awesomeness of K-pop and Eat Your Kimchi!

  24. K INDIE TIMEZ!!!!!!

    First of all thanks Martina for lending me the 24hrs CD… unfortunately when I brought it home my CD drive wasnt working properly so I have yet to listen to the almun. On the other hand Ive been fortunate enough to see 24hrs a number of times and they are really fun and super tight with all their stuff. In fact they invited me into the green room with them after one of their shows on New Years eve and we got pretty hammered on tequila… unfortunately its the same night i lost my iPhone 5 so if you see one of the band members using one…. say “HEY IS THAT RYANS!?!?!” and give them a falcon punch…. unless it s the girl. I really have a thing for female bassists *DROOL*

    Common Ground…. oh how AWESOME you are. When I found these guys I was so excited to share this as I dont really hear a lot of true disco in any current Korean music. I really dont understand how some people cannot like the genre because its soooo fun and easy to move and dance to. These guys especially do a great job instrumentally and Im not surprised listening to this song and “WOO HOO” that they have been around for nearly a decade. Going to have to check out SNL Korea now.

    Byul… why are you so cool and yet dont have the recognition you deserve?? AWESOME AWESOME request Miriam!!! I found this video almost a year ago and at the time wasnt into dream-pop electronica as I am today, but I just KNEW there was something special about them. Today I enjoy them even more so and just a week ago bought their album “Secret Stories Heard From A Girl In An Opium Den” on iTunes and you should too!! I both reccomend and UNrecommend checking out their website http://www.byul.org which unfortunately loses credibilty with me in their “coolness” factor and goes more towards the “artsy fartsy” factor of creative diarrhea. Doesnt mean I wanna stop hearing music from these guys…. I really hope and pray that was the last we’ll hear from them

    until next week… PEACE OUT!

    EYK 4 LIFE YO!

    • Thank you Ryan! They do deserve more recognition!!!

      continue to make more awesome requests!

    • Cool post, Ryan. I checked out the Byul.org website and apparently I’m not artsy fartsy enough to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to be doing on there. But I did have fun for like a good 15 seconds playing with those little buttons in the bottom right corner. Totally worth it.

      I also bought a couple of their tracks off the iTunes store, and I’m loving them! Can you recommend any more dream-pop bands? Artsy fartsy or not, it seems to be my thang as of late. Thanks xoxo

      • Thank Sophie!
        as for the BYUL website I was pretty much saying that its stupid because of its “over artsiness” so dont worry, you and I had trouble with the site the same… also I had fun with the little animations too.

        as for dream pop unfortunately there areant too many Korean bands in that genre, although its getting much better as of late. As far as I know bands worth looking at close to this would be Rainbow 99, Smacksoft, 센티멘탈 시너리 (Sentimental Scenery), 로로스, Kayip, Symmetry, Yukari, From The Airport, and LudiSTELO :)

        good hunting! let me know if you find something note-worthy of listening to

        • Wow ok well that’s a pretty good list to get me started! I bought the Yukari album right after I watched that indie playlist she was featured in; it’s such a great album. I’ll let you know if I find any gems.

    • aren’t you a bucket of joy and a half “I’ve already seen them live!” *whilst i go and cry in a corner. *shakes fist, When I get to Korea…one day I’ll see a live performance. I liked this band, they were pretty cool. The others were “Meh,” but I’m pretty picky.

  25. LOVED 24Hours! Too much coolness.

  26. I just saw all my high school friends that came back after we always went to different universities, and we all went exploring throughout parks in the city yesterday doing random wonderful things. Pacific is a great song to fit that mood =)

  27. You guys should do a Kpop Tuesday Indie like the Kpop Monday ^^ Lol

    I like the music to the 2nd one with the odd circle.

  28. Oh I always like it when you include some punk or rock (haven’t watched all the KIndie segments but some korean metal would be cool too, to discover). I really like the 24Hours song, it was really rocking!

  29. You know I was going to call this the sexy silhouette but the end song didn’t really have any so now I will name this the mind control edition of Korean Indie segments because you left me no chose I had to like all these songs. Simon and Martina you are just too good at reading my mind.

  30. Hello!!

    “Now I mentioned in the video that I got their album from their label who swung by the studio and dropped off some CDs (which I’ll talk more about in another indie playlist) and these guys were amongst the CDs. First off, so cool that they even know about us! We didn’t contact them, they just put this package in our mailbox with a letter!” !!!! > . . . . < *spazzing out*

  31. Side note: Martina wrote this blog post and I didn’t check over it this time, so if there are any spelling or grammar errors I’m gonna put the blame on her. Oh god she’s coming back to the room now must submit comment before she sees. Ah! Minimize window!

    • I guess I am not that talented ..for as long as I have been reading your blogs, it is hard for me to tell who wrote what..

    • I read this whole blog post in Martina’s voice, actually… Maybe because of all the exclamation marks and interrogation marks and endless sentances and random capital letters (don’t let her read this!) :-p

      • HAHAHA! So true. It’s really hard for me to NOT write like I talk or think, so English and Philosophy papers in University were hell to write and probably more hellish for people to check over for grammar. But I’m glad you can tell the two of us apart! :D

  32. I love love love the Byul.org track. Wonderful choice. I can totally see myself listening to this with my group of imaginary friends as we do fun things like crocheting amuguri and clipping coupons. My other fav of your dream pop selections was the Yukari track. I loved it so much I bought the whole album on iTunes, and it’s amazing.

    And I totally understand about awakening your old macbook…I had to awaken an 8 year old Dell laptop because I had some awesome songs and files on there that I forgot to transfer. I seriously heard it GROAN when I started it up, just like the sand cave beast in Aladin. WHO DISTURBS MY SLUMBER!? Scary.

  33. Guise! Are you reading my mind cause you ALWAYS review the songs I want to request a day or two before I have a chance to request them?! Well, I guess I’m cool with it because I always love the songs you pick. I’m so glad you guise do this segment. It’s really awesome!

  34. Lol we’re gonna have to get Ryan to co-host these indie segments soon :p

    It’s so cool that the indie labels are sending you free cds :D I couldn’t possibly bribe you to send some down under, could I…
    Because guess what, I HAVE A CD PLAYER! :p

  35. Good God… That Shake it is GREAT! I’m feeling the groooooooove~ ♪ Gonna listen to it the whole day now while learning for my verbal examination tomorrow~ n_n Thanks for that! :D

  36. This week of indie = win.
    I thought 24hours was going to be my only take away this week, but I seriously loved all of the songs. Each song just spoke to a different part of my musical heart, I guess ^__^ Thanks again for the rawresome recommendations!
    PS Miriam, your recommendation rocks my socks :D

  37. Ah, it’s out! I was just listening to Cheese’s “Mango” waiting for this to come out.

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