2011’s Root from National Pigeon Unity saw two main changes.
The band dropped to a duo from a trio and the band’s sound changed into a slightly different presentation of Korean rock. Root’s changes became an improvement from their 2010 Empathy. Slightly strange considering how good the album was, Root’s different sound is easily shown through the use of just a guitar and drum kit.
Somehow the lack of the bass takes nothing away from the music and the arrangements of the songs. The album contains ten songs, most of which flow into one another creating on cohesive theme throughout the entire album.
There is less frenetic tempos and more time spent on making dueling melodies between the two instruments which fragment the beats and melodies in amazing ways.
Each of the songs from the first three songs, “Format #1, #2, #3” all coincide with each other until “Kathera.” That song starts a new set of songs and also starts the highlighting of the drumming on the album.
This is one of the best albums for drum kit enthusiasts (like myself) to listen to because the rhythms of each of the songs have many different parts. How the drumming mixes with the guitar is amazing to listen to how the duo are able to play off each other in what sometimes sounds like a jumble of melody to noise.
Add in the song “Tossing” which I was able to see live featuring main vocals by drummer 박영목 who screamed and played with energy I can’t even produce when playing. Also the song “Breathless” which has 박영목 singing background melodies.
National Pigeon Unity’s Root is an amazing second album. Coming only one year later after Empathy, Root is better in every way. From the energy, the drive, and the songs; it’s hard to find another band who can play as well.