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...
Gary : 2002

Gary : 2002

After Gil’s drunk driving incident in 2014, Leessang has been MIA, leaving plenty of time and space for its rapper half, Gary, to step out on his own. Gary began the path with Mr. Gae, an EP that I described as a descent into madness (review) The EP was a...
iamnot : Whoami

iamnot : Whoami

Crossover is not a new genre in the Korean indie scene. The Barbarettes are doing superb stuff with girl group music, Vivis is bringing back late 90s/early aughts electronica, and Danpyunsun and the Sailors and Jambinai are great examples of traditional Korean folk...
Shin Seol Hee : 일상의 잔상 ‘After Image’

Shin Seol Hee : 일상의 잔상 ‘After Image’

Extravagant songs are the flame to my moth. Diane Warren ballads of the 90’s? Check. Kim Bum Soo? Check. The thundering rock of Unchained? Check. If a song is big and melodramatic, chances are I’ve played it once or ten times over. In summer this is particularly the...
Primary : 2

Primary : 2

Here’s a little secret of mine: despite my love of full length albums and their long visions, most of my casual listening are singles, playlists or songs on shuffle. When it’s on the background to something I’m paying attention to, like chores, music keeps my...
Romantic Punch (로맨틱 펀치) : Fight Club

Romantic Punch (로맨틱 펀치) : Fight Club

A die-hard fan of Romantic Punch since It’s Yummy, I celebrate each new release with fist pumping. Out of all the rock bands I’ve listened to since falling down the Korean music rabbit hole, Romantic Punch personifies fun. Led by the charismatic Bae In Hyuk and a band...
Xin Seha : 24Town

Xin Seha : 24Town

Taking inspiration from pop history is a common thing for artists to do. The Barbarettes harken back to The Andrew Sisters, doo-wop, barbershop quartets and acapella pop from the beginning half of the 20th century with a refreshingly cute aesthetic on top to color...