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Clazziquai Project “Can’t Go On My Own”

 

Starting out with the return of Clazziquai Project. We are really happy about their return because we have all of their albums and we’re craving for something new by them. Now we were honestly a wee bit disappointed with this first single only because we loved DJ Clazzi’s single “How We Feel” SO MUCH for its dreamy electro-pop feel. We get a little over saturated with acoustic guitar coffee shop music since the Indie scene in Korea is overflowing with a plethora of duos and trios starting bands like this. In turn, we were hoping from something a bit edgier from Clazziquai Project, but it’s not like this song is bad. I mean, their angelic voices alone are enough to make me feel like crap for singing along with them in my home. Hopefully we’ll here more electronic/synthy/DJ Clazzi tunes from them in the future, but for now I’ll just enjoy their melty voices.

Nell “White Night”

 

The video for this song is so confusing yet so clearly filled with symbolism that is makes me itchy. I just want to watch it a million times and write a 14 page essay on it and have my Professor tear into it for why it’s all wrong. Wait, now that I think about it, I don’t want to write an essay EVERY AGAIN!!!! But then again, staying up all night editing videos for the site does make me feel like I have an essay due the next day at 10am again. Back to the video. If we weren’t so brain dead from our huge work load this week, I would analyze this in detail, but the basic feeling we get is that this is a living re-enactment of what someone goes through when they end a relationship. It’s like a physical re-enacting of our inside emotions as we re-live memories and moments from our past relationship coupled with trying to get through everyday life without your ex-lover. I don’t care to explain further but the lyrics seem to match up with my theory. *Professor Martina closes her notes and walks about* The song itself is much more upbeat then their last single, and it’s divided into rock ballad vs ballad ballad, but my favourite part is the amazing vocals at the 2:34 second mark with the painfully beautiful “I CAN’T GET OVER YOU”. Love it.

Cassette Swarzenegger “Super Hi Fi”
 

Okay, so first off, big pet peeve about Korean Indie bands. It’s like they don’t want anyone but Koreans to buy their albums. This band, Cassette Schwarzenegger, released their album “1집 Gym With You” in January 2012 and it’s available on every single Korean music buying site but NOT iTunes. So unless you read Korean and can sign up to these sites with the proper ID, you can’t even buy their music. I bought their single off iTunes as soon as I found out about them from our requestor today (thanks Sara! or Sarah!) but then I was surprised to find an entire album available when I did more research on them. Seriously. So when people complain that Kpop is the only thing advertised in Korea, you’ll notice that most kpop bands have everything on iTunes as well as official YouTube pages, but Korean indie bands? Often no official YouTube page or album available for download. You’re not making it easy for us to support you! Okay, rant over! This band deserves a Korea word to express my happiness. DAEEEEEEEBAK!!!! I love anything synth-heavy and this has a lovely combination of synth + funky disco feels. I feel like I should drive around in a car with my best friend and listen to this while the background behind us is rainbow and we wave at passing cartoon animals who are bouncing to the beat. I just want to clean the house when I hear this kindof music. That sounded weird, but this is dance/clean music for me. And if Cassette Schwarzenegger or their management or any friends of them can let us know where to buy their albums, or if we can get them to put it on iTunes, please let us know.

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  1. Have you listened to One More Chance Vol. 1? Their music is awesome!

  2. La Viajera Morena

    Great share and love the little ears :D

  3. Can you two review “난리 Good (Air)” by Gaeko, Choiza, Simon D, and Primary next week? Pretty please?? It has a sick beat and underrated rap skillz.

    Thanks!

  4. Omphalophobia

    I’m a bit late, but better late then never, right? So…thanks for including them in your Indie Playlist and enriching my life with Cassette Schwarzenegger ! Listened to their song on your Playlist, youtubed them. Itunes-ed them. Bought album. Listen on repeat. All day. And robo danced around the house :) Your mission is complete.

  5. Awesome K-crunch this week… I’m enjoyed so much. ^ ^

  6. Veta_K_C

    shazaam-ingly has now been added to my vocabulary

  7. Nazaret

    Wow! Nell’s song and video are beautiful! I can’t find any other way to describe it, it’s just beautiful :)

  8. kpopfan123

    Awesome playlist!
    Thank you!!

    <3<3<3<3

  9. vaxanne
    vaxanne

    This is my favourite Indie Week thus far, three superb songs. Thanks a bunch

  10. I don’t know if this says anything about your awesome influence or not, but I just checked iTunes (here in the states) and Cassette Schwarzenegger’s entire “Gym With You” album is there — and judging by the lack of reviews, I’d guess that it was put up on iTunes very recently. Exciting!

  11. I’M SCARED!! I’m watching the first one with Martina, then magically, mouse ears pop up on her hoodie… AHHHHH! GREAT ALMIGHTY SPUDGY, SAVE ME!!!! But it’s super cute :D

  12. lumierenoire

    The sudden moment when I rewatch Nell’s video and remember about the whole “evil ring” thing. o -o

  13. cookiemonster

    this is my first ever k-indie playlist that I’ve watched – WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING IN MY LIFE!!!! I’m so angry with myself because I knew that these reviews were here every week but I’m a stupido and didn’t check it out. I’m loving ‘Can’t Go On My Own’ and ‘White Night’ and NELL especially since the artsy-fartsy awards :D although, I’m not really a fan of music like ‘Super Hi Fi’ like you guys but wow that request was sooo cool and super cute^^ From now on I’m probably going to become a devoted indie nasty so watch out :P

    • Barry Adams

      You can also sort the KPop charts by the “newest” tab. You would have seen both ‘Can’t Go On My Own’ and ‘White Night” on that list before the K-Crunch Indie play list mentioned it.

  14. Yay K-crunch indie! Has to be one of my favourite segments (^_^) Thank you~~
    Loving Nell’s White Night!! I found it last week when it was added to the Kpop Charts and its been at the top of my music playlist ever since. New favourite of 2012 <3
    and that video request was amazing! She has impressive skills! I wish I was talented enough to be able to do that!

  15. RukiaFan04

    Hi! One question…is “NO BRAIN” considered as a indie group??? I really don’t understand…. Kisses from Portugal!!

  16. GiWercia

    It was soo good k- crunch! Thank you!

  17. Loved Clazziquai Project’s comeback. Wasn’t really a fan of Nell before but after this album I might just become one. This was the first time I heard of Cassette Schwarzenegger and really liked the song. All in all this was an awesome K-Indie playlist

  18. sunnycool

    Cassette Schwarzenegger <3 <3 <3

  19. oh and i believe Soribada has an english version of their site ^^

  20. WOW! You guise know Cassette Schwarzenegger! so awesome =D I recommend listening to their song ‘Play’ as well!

  21. I think Korea needs to fully recognize that people from outside their country are interested in their music. A lot of kpop companies already have, but foreign fans are starting to branch out into the music scene and it is frustrating when you can’t easily find the songs. KOREA, U MAKE GOOD INDIE MUSIC, Y U NO SELL IN ITUNES?!

  22. Thanks for Cassette Schwarzenegger, I’m allllll over that as of literally now hahaha.

    SO, I can’t remember where to leave requests to have an artist featured on the indie playlist…so I’m putting it here? D: The artist is Unisexasaurus (남녀공룡), and the song is called Dear J http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4YJFVkmJho There isn’t a full video for it, but you can listen to the song and the rest of the mini-album on Magic Strawberry Sound’s Bandcamp http://msbsound.bandcamp.com/album/love-is-in-the-ear.

    I fell in looooooove with this when I heard it, it’s really cool airy synthpop. Fingers crossed to see it on a future indie playlist! I even posted a review of the EP on my blog. Wonder if you guys will like his sound?

  23. You guys are really outdoing yourselves this week! We nasties love and appreciate you and all the crazy amazing work you do so much! Yessir, you’re one of a kind. COMMENCE AWKWARD DANCE PARTY OF APPRECIATION! (Dance… Woooo-oooo) (Put your hands up, put put put your hands up)

  24. NaToTheWak

    This evil lost-love-memories-replaying ring, AGAIN!

  25. Lee so yi

    I saw you guys at the koxx concert actually i was next to Simon. Martina taught me where is my cellphone was!! Anyway why don’you guys make a video about it?? It was awsome concert it was bit sad though but It meaned alot to me i mean we can’t see them at least for 2years!!!ㅠㅠㅠㅜㅜ

    • Ahh cool! I hope your phone is okay because we were all totally jumping and I think it might have got jumped on. AHHH! Yeah, we left a tweet and posted a picture on instagram about the show. Also, I think we might have reviewed almost all their videos for the K-crunch indie, but if we missed any we’ll have to bring it up one week! So sad they’re gone, I agree. :(

  26. What’s wrong with Simon’s eyes ? Eww…

  27. That request video was super awesome. o/

    I really agree with your pet peeve. I have always wanted to purchase some of the Korean indie which you feature on the indie update from iTunes, but I can hardly find it. It is very frustrating.

    I can think of plenty of more Nasty uses for a hundred dolla bill. Hurr hurrr

  28. Wow! I love Nell! Even though I just found them last week! I love their vocals. and the Super Hi Fi song is pretty amazing! not a big fan of Claziquai though, just not my style.

  29. bigbangfosho
    bigbangfosho

    Thank you for having so many segments this week, even though I’m sure you’re both extremely tired!

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