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Korean Indie Playlist: Hot Man Story

August 26, 2013


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First off, yes, I know the audio quality sucks today. Our mic didn’t record, for some reason. Bargh! So please don’t make fun of us! Our next Indie segment will have the audio double and triple checked…

3rd Line Butterfly “Smoke Hot Coffee Refill”

So this song really grew on me. I think the first time I listened to it I might have been not in the mood for artsy buildup kind of music, but then I listened to it months and months later and I was like, “AW YEAH THIS ROCKS!” It’s weird how your mood can change what you want to listen to. I think this would be an awesome driving song when you are alone, even though it’s kind of a sad yet not sad song. Maybe it makes me feel contemplative? That kind of feeling I also get from Sigur Ros, it’s not melancholy but it’s also not happy or sad, it’s kind of a weird in-between feeling. Anyone know what I’m saying here? It makes me feel like I’d enjoying watching the green scenery whip past while the windows are down and my hair is being blown all over the place on a warm evening as I drive alone on the open road. Oh! I actually have a great memory of driving in Korea; when the EYK Crew went on our first road trip we got stuck in a horrific rainstorm that was just awful to drive in (especially while winding around a mountain). I was so stressed out and tense, but after the rainstorm cleared it was gorgeous puffy white juicy looking clouds just resting in a blue sky that was rapidly fading to pink and orange. As we drove along the winding green mountain, we rolled down our sexy windows and let the clean air just blow through the car. We blasted Blackbird Blackbird and Tori Y Moi, and it was SUCH an amazing moment. No one said anything, we all just enjoyed the smells and sounds and the vivid greens that were just glistening with fresh rain.

Beenzino “Aquaman”

I gotta say, I’m totally digging these On Stage videos. Just set up a decent room with some moody lighting and let artists sing their songs. Cut between a few different camera angles, and it seems like a great way to share music on YouTube, especially since non-Kpop artists aren’t really using YouTube as thoroughly as their Kpop counterparts. And there’s something about this song that totally suits the live session vibe. Korean Hip Hop is very soulful, and seems like it’s better for small clubs than big stadiums, which is what this video feels like. We were bouncing that idea around for a while as well: getting Korean Indie artists in the studio playing some songs, but I don’t think our studio’s good for that. Or is it? How big is this place here? I don’t know. All I can say is that I like the song and how the video matches it, and I’d like to be able to do something like that ourselves.

Story Seller “Absolute Optical Illusion”

This was a totally awesome request and video choice but seriously now, doesn’t this feel like j-rock somehow? I don’t know how to pinpoint it, and no, it wasn’t the video…even though it did have that gothic kind of feel lot it. There is something else. Maybe it’s the opera like power vocals that do it. The music scene in Korea seems to really lack those epic kind of voices, but I feel like Japan is more into that kind of dramatic singing. When Jaejoong released his single “Mine” I also felt like I was listening to J-rock, so it must have something to do with the long drawn-out power vocals. I’d like to see Lee Hi join a rock band, that’d be great. I guess Story Seller also remind me of System of a Down since the lead singer was a trained opera singer, but is now an awesome heavy metal singer. All the j-rock fans out there, you gotta watch this video and help me understand while I feel like this is j-rocky. Let me know. Together, we can solve my j-rock identity crisis.

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