Yi Sung Yol “Cynic”


The first time I heard this song I was like “yeah man, this is so good!” and now, I’m still looking at it and thinking that it’s a good song, but something about the video made me feel uncomfortable. The song’s really haunting, and the video is taking that to an almost cheesy level? It’s all artsy with a really poorly lit studio, closeups of people’s hands and faces, lots of shadows, all black and white, and – I don’t know – it just feels like it’s trying to be a bit too artsy. I find that it might be a bit off-putting for some people. Being artsy is great and all, but this really feels like its taking itself a bit too seriously. No? I dunno. If that’s your thing, you’ll like the video. If not, the song’s still great on it’s own :D

Lim Kim “Goodbye 20″


There’s not a lot of Korean music that hits heavy rotation in our home. We’ll play a song or two of an artist we like, but rarely do we find albums that we play from start to finish, and loop it a few times. Beenzino, Zion T, WHOwho are all on that list, and now Lim Kim is on that list. This song’s great fun. “Rain” was lovely as well. The whole album isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it’s good music to play around the home when cooking dinner, I’d say. Though she does have a bit of a Taylor Swift vibe to her, not in her looks or the sound of her music…just…something. Some jujus she’s got going on…

Outsider “Bye U”


Ok, I’m a bit torn about Outsider. I think it’s cool that he can rap so quickly, but I’m not sure if I like it in music. I saw a video of a guy who can snap extremely quickly, and he can make songs out of snapping so well. Does that mean I’d want to hear that in a song? Not really. Rapping this fast is more intriguing than it is good music, IMO. DON’T KILL ME, EPIC NASTIES! I just prefer a more relaxed delivery. But the song’s still cool! Just not the best thing ever :D

More importantly, thanks for the request, for uploading it to YouTube and for linking to it in the comments. YouTube doesn’t allow video responses anymore, but this site still does! Let us know if you’ve got any requests. Side note: you can also check the KpopCharts by “Newest” added videos. There’s a lot of K-Indie on there. It doesn’t rank highly, but it’s there if you’re looking for it in and easy-to-scroll through layout :D

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  1. That Lim Kim song is fantastic! I can’t stop listening to it. It works just as well to add an “s” – how ‘about your 20s, girl? Not only is it catchy, and her singing is fantastic, it really captures the sense of dissatisfaction of being in your twenties (which are your “golden years”, according to society) and your life being nothing like you expected it to be, which I would say covers most of us who graduated from college in the middle of the Great Recession.

  2. I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this one! I am absolutely in love with Park Ji Yoon’s voice and the video editing.


  3. Love the indie list this week! I whale just put my indie recommendation right here, not so sure if this is indie but there is verbal jint ft 10cm with ” Good Morning” also D.ear sings “Time goes By” which really matches the wintery season that is beginning! Thanks for the videos!

  4. Nice play list. I was all excited that the first band played a theremin.

    The second song I started out all “poor you psshhht 20 I remember 20, Kinda” but she sold it.

    Speaking of age, not all of your viewers are within your target demographic. Stereotyping is stereotyping.

    I really liked the last song, what was the previous song of his you talked about? Was it a black and white rather stark video about a violent confrontation between two people that ends in suicide? Spoiler alert?

  5. Read the lyrics, and you’ll learn to love why it’s included in there. :)

  6. I guess that I was a little surprised but since I don’t really know Korean, I’m not sure if it was in line with the rest of the lyrics or not. I seem to recall hearing this phrase in another kpop m/v (don’t remember which one), maybe it’s a new phrase making its way into songs?

  7. Yi Sung Yol’s “Cynic” doesn’t really fit my mood these days, but I totally get what you mean about “driving home ultra late at night music”. That’s pretty awesome, does that mean that you have a car all the time now? Super convenient for those late nights at the studio….or late night coffee/food runs, right? ;)

    I already saw Lim Kim’s “Goodbye 20″ video in the kpop charts last week and I really like it. It’s nice and upbeat, but you can see from the video that it’s trying to make a point. I would guess that “bubble days” is referring to happy-go-lucky times filled with out a lot of meaning, but I’d be happy if someone were to confirm or correct me on that just to be sure. I’m liking it a bit less after that Taylor Swift reference (Disney girls = brrrrrrrrrr!) but her stuff is nice enough that I will hopefully get over it. See? Don’t point stuff like that out!!!!!! :P heh.

    I’d never heard of Outsider before, “Bye U” is a pretty dancin’ tune. I like it.

    Thanks for the K-Indie playlist, I enjoyed it and thought it was very efficiently done (seemed to fly by) this week but the titles popped up ahead of the person/song change and it was a little confusing because I was so distracted by the mismatch that I paid more attention to the titles than the end of what either Simon or Martina was saying before each switchover.

    On a separate note: I do appreciate that some people are posting their own lists of songs in the comments because sometimes I find something interesting there but it does tend to clutter the comments a lot with all the large pictures when too many people do it, with too many videos each and it’s getting a little overwhelming. I am all for discussion but I feel like some people are trying to use this blog as a stepping stone to showcase their “better” choices to compete with the actual list selected by S&M. When you get an attitude about it, it’s a real turn off guise……

    • Um……why are you boo-ing me?

      • Clearly you’re just looking for someone to pick on because there aren’t enough posts here to keep you busy. :P There may be a “3” in my username but I don’t know you nearly as well as kpopfan123 to take your flippant remarks in stride just yet.

        • I give up. You too clever for me. Your fun commenty-ness so great for everyone but me big party pooper. I no like strange people random driveby diss me with no explain why then perpetual rage machine at bad reception of diss. I good person no deserve your attention. Fun bye byes! ^_^v

  8. I went noraebang-ing with my friend and she can rap to Outsider’s songs perfectly so I’m guessing at least some Koreans can understand what he says. And yes, it’s cool that Outsider can rap fast but that’s not the only great thing about him. He has good lyrics, he raps about more than just love (bonus points here), and I find his music very melodic.

  9. I don’t know where to send a k-indie request for a song and I can’t do a video about it! D: *sigh* If you guys see my comment, I recommend JoMungeun Band’s Blowing in the wind!!! It’s a really awesome song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AME04llDs2Y

  10. for the first song, there is a MV on youtube, so why didn’t you put it ? here it is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYiamq0sU6w

  11. I discovered Lim Kim’s “Goodbye 20″ just yesterday and I was super glad that it made to this week’s Indie Playlist!

  12. OH yesh! I really love Lim Kim! She has this very smooth, relaxing vibe to her voice. I really like it. XD

    p/s: I made a video request a few months back…just wondering if you guise saw it…


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