PATiENTS Head To UK For The Third Time

PATiENTS Head To UK For The Third Time

PATiENTS attended Liverpool Sound City the past two years and they’re heading back for their third round of shows. Alongside their main performance at Liverpool Sound City, the trio will be hitting other venues to show off their hybrid punk sound. This trip is...
We Are The Night Perform in England In May

We Are The Night Perform in England In May

Europe is becoming a consistent place for Korean bands to perform. Liverpool Sound City is one of the festivals in Spring that more bands are starting to attend and play extra shows for audiences. We Are The Night are heading to England near the end of May to play...




Reviews

Soro Sori (서로소리) : Secret Garden

Soro Sori (서로소리) : Secret Garden

From Soro Sori‘s first track, “Shilla Harmony,” on Secret Garden, I got the immediate feeling of Nujabes. The electronic chill style featuring piano, guitar, and a low key drum beat is calming and mellow. It’s a strength that continues...
Julia Dream : 불안의 세계

Julia Dream : 불안의 세계

In 2014, Julia Dream released their single Lay It Down On Me. The single was essentially one song broken into four parts. It was one of the best releases of 2014 showcasing the band’s psychedelic rock. With their 2016 release, 불안의 세계, Julia Dream releases a two...
Salad Bowl : there’s a something wrong​.​.​.

Salad Bowl : there’s a something wrong​.​.​.

When listening to Salad Bowl‘s there’s a something wrong…, it starts with an instrumental track “Beneath Myself.” It’s a good indie rock track that sets the foundation of the album. Low key and focusing on guitar, keyboards, and...
Remains (리메인즈) : Dear Saint

Remains (리메인즈) : Dear Saint

Listening to Remains‘ Dear Saint, it makes me think of a mixture of R&B and pop rock. With live performances featuring Lee Seung Hyun on keyboards, Ji Myung Ahn on drums, and Ray Kim providing vocals, the band has a very stripped back presence with a highly...

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...