Help Big Phony Fund His 6th Album

Help Big Phony Fund His 6th Album

I’m a big fan of Big Phony. I’ve had a lot of chances to meet him in person and talk music and random things and I can say he’s one of the nicest person I’ve met. If you’ve heard his songs before, you know his singer-songwriter style is...
SXSW 2016 Adds Deepflow, Guten Birds, HEO, Neon Bunny, & WYM

SXSW 2016 Adds Deepflow, Guten Birds, HEO, Neon Bunny, & WYM

SXSW 2016 released its third round of artists for the upcoming festival. While the second announcement didn’t feature any new artists from South Korea, the third has five artists. Deepflow Guten Birds Heo Neon Bunny WYM While I don’t know if Korean Indie...




Reviews

Saebyeok : Division

Saebyeok : Division

Saebyeok‘s songs have never been upbeat electronic music and with her second release Division, she doesn’t change. I really liked Rise from the ashes, a five song EP that introduced her perspective. Division isn’t much longer with seven tracks...
GROSTO : Daily Food

GROSTO : Daily Food

I am continuously searching for music and I have come across a duo by the name of GROSTO (Grocery Store) which is made up of members Loky Beats (Seo Hyung-Rok) and Smoothjam (Kwon Sung-Keun). Daily Food is their debut album which was released earlier this week. Last...
A-FUZZ : Moonshine

A-FUZZ : Moonshine

I saw A-FUZZ through a Naver OnStage performance. Their blend of jazz and funk was interesting because it wasn’t something I really heard before. Jazz and funk as a genre isn’t something I’m connected with so it was a different experience hearing...
Laybricks (레이브릭스) : Take a Rest

Laybricks (레이브릭스) : Take a Rest

I’ve seen some YouTube videos of Laybricks, but it wasn’t until I saw them in a club during December that I really got into the duo. Consisting of Kwangmin Seo and HyeJin Yu, the duo play live with only guitar and drums, but there is a backing bass track...

Editorials

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...
Best of 2015 : Cassie’s Picks

Best of 2015 : Cassie’s Picks

This has been quite the year for music. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as up-to-date with the Korean Indie scene as I would have liked to have been this year. I did, however, come across new bands and I consider that a success. There were even bands whom I love...

Interviews

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...