Idiotape Releases First Video From RE With Kim Chang Wan

Idiotape Releases First Video From RE With Kim Chang Wan

Idiotape has returned with a new EP titled RE. From what I hear, it sounds like the EP is re-interpretations of released songs from other bands. Among them is Galaxy Express, Kim Chang Wan, Sultan of the Disco, and Telepathy. It’s pretty interesting to hear...
No Brain Release Two Music Videos for Brainless

No Brain Release Two Music Videos for Brainless

No Brain released their first new original album since 2011’s High Tension. The band did release Super High Tension, a collection of singles in 2013, and the 96 split with Crying Nut in 2014. Brainless is a really great rock album and shows that No Brain...
Expanding “Korean Indie” Outside of South Korea

Expanding “Korean Indie” Outside of South Korea

2015 was a busy year for Korean Indie. It felt like there was a new release every week that deserved attention and showed how much Korean musicians were progressing. We had a ton of reviews and a lot of great interviews, I spoke at KCON 2015 (hungover) and Toronto...




Reviews

Herz (헤르츠) : Against The Silence

Herz (헤르츠) : Against The Silence

Against The Silence‘s first song “Missing” reminded me a lot of the nu-metal that was popular in the United States when I was in high school. Herz is a hard rock band that uses heavily distorted guitar, low bass, and drums. The songs on the album are...
Seaweed Mustache : The Whistle

Seaweed Mustache : The Whistle

I really like exploring bands from other cities in South Korea and Busan is a place where a lot of excellent artists seem to live. Seaweed Mustache appeared in my Bandcamp feed and I bought their four song EP. Formed in 2014 with The Whistle being their first official...
Kwon Tree (권나무) : 사랑은 높은 곳에서 흐르지

Kwon Tree (권나무) : 사랑은 높은 곳에서 흐르지

The second album by singer-songwriter Kwon Tree, 사랑은 높은 곳에서 흐르지 is another simple yet fantastic folk album. Although similar in sound to his previous release (그림, which is actually one of my all-time favorite albums), I would definitely not label 사랑은 높은 곳에서 흐르지 as...
Dumbfoundead : DFD

Dumbfoundead : DFD

I don’t remember exactly when I was introduced to Dumbfoundead. It’s likely it was through a music video on YouTube. Exploring the world of hip-hop in the United States performed by Koreans, Dumbfoundead is one of the most prominent artists. DFD is one of...

Editorials

Expanding “Korean Indie” Outside of South Korea

Expanding “Korean Indie” Outside of South Korea

2015 was a busy year for Korean Indie. It felt like there was a new release every week that deserved attention and showed how much Korean musicians were progressing. We had a ton of reviews and a lot of great interviews, I spoke at KCON 2015 (hungover) and Toronto...
Best of 2015 : Xtian’s Picks

Best of 2015 : Xtian’s Picks

The year in Korean indie in 2015 could be summed up in one word: fun. So many of the feelings I had while listening to this list of music, from sadness, joy, anger, and love, these artists and their respective albums brought them all to the forefront in ways that I...
Best of 2015 : SJP’s Picks

Best of 2015 : SJP’s Picks

2015, for me, was somewhat of a music “slump.” Now, I did have a very hard time cutting down my initially very long (and STILL too long….) best of 2015 picks. However, 2015 was a low in that there was very little music discovery. Whether it was simply because I was...
Best of 2015 : Rachel’s Picks

Best of 2015 : Rachel’s Picks

Instead of providing a comprehensive list of albums that I enjoyed this year, here are the four albums from 2015 that stuck with me the most; albums that I found to be particularly vulnerable, innovative, and exciting. Gongjoongdoduk : Gongjoongdoduk It’s...

Interviews

Interview with Tangerine

Interview with Tangerine

When I received an email from Tangerine, I didn’t know what kind of music to expect from the trio. But Sugar Teeth is a great EP and one that I highly recommend. I thought that it would great for the band to introduce themselves, partially so I could learn more...
Interview with Kanghee and Ninaian

Interview with Kanghee and Ninaian

Kanghee Choi and ninaian are two musicians who, along with their backgrounds in rock, post-rock and classical, are well-versed in the language of ambient music. Both of them are skilled at crafting absorbing soundscapes. At the end of last year, they collaborated on...
Interview with Big Phony

Interview with Big Phony

I’ve been lucky enough to see Big Phony play live a few times, all of which have been in the United States. His stage presence is fun to watch as he interacts with the audience between each song. When he let me know that he was using Kickstarter to fund his next...
MUTZINE: KIRIN: A CHAT WITH KOREA’S NEW JACK SWING KING

MUTZINE: KIRIN: A CHAT WITH KOREA’S NEW JACK SWING KING

Kirin has made it his life purpose to maintain the New Jack Swing genre and lifestyle alive in South Korea. Ever since his 2009 debut, he has released a series of original songs that evoke the sensibilities of American Hip-Hop and R&B from the 80’s and...