This week we want to share some cool tunes with you ! ! ! There is so much more to the Korean music scene than just Gangham Style and K-pop and in this post we want to share some of the Korean Indie bands we have been listening to recently. It is cool, relaxed and chilled post this week, but we hope you will like it!!!
So it’s not just Gangnam Style after all ! I confess that I know little about Korea and even less about it’s music scene. I have, however, tracked down some fine music over the last couple of years and thought you might like to hear what’s going down in downtown Seoul. No K-pop this time, just good old “indie” stuff that’s full of charm.
Pairubu – 3rd Line Butterfly – Sexy
“Tee hee !” the video is hilariously full of double entendres, perhaps that’s what drew me to this number. It’s an interesting sound too, not at all what I would have expected. 3rdLB have been around quite some time. They had a “break” for a few years but are now active again. An interesting band, I think.
I love this track ! ! ! Third Line Butterfly actually have been around for a long time. They formed in 1999 and have been making interesting and unusual music ever since. They actually tour overseas quite often and have even played n the USA and UK, so maybe you will be able to see them ! ! ! They treat the voice like a musical intsrument in many of thier songs and the sound is more important than the words often and this is the case here I think. It is lovelytrack that I hear new things in every time I hear it ! ! !
Sakura - Hello – Sogyumo Acacia Band
Sogyumo Acacia Band are a duo that formed in 2002 and released thier first album in 2005. Thhis track is from the sound track of the TV Drama the Snow Queen which was a modern version of the fairy story. Actually there was also a drama made about them called Sogyumo Acacia Band Story which is a fictionalised version of their story so far. which was released in 2009. I really like the vocals in this track and the sense of space it gives me. It is one of my favourite chill out tracks ! ! !
So pretty ! This is more where we are going this week than 3rdLB. Gentle sounds, wistful singing and gorgeous melodies. This one is lovely for just letting the sound wash over your. A beautiful little song.
Sakura – J-Rabbit – R U Tired ?
J-Rabbit is a two girl duo who make really nice laid back music. All the instruments are played by Dawoon Jung and the vocals are sung by Hyesung Jung. The name comes from their surnames (they are not related) and the fact they were both born in the year of the rabbit. I am a secret bossa nova fan and love this track, but not all their tracks are bossa nova and they have a wide range of styles actually, but always cheerful and laid back. I hope you like it ! ! !
I love J Rabbit ! ( ever since I found out about them all of 2 weeks ago !) Their videos are full of fun. They seem to be really enjoying themselves and they make lovely , “homely” music. Just a couple of friends having a good time. How can you not like that ?
Pairubu – Big Baby Driver - Spring I Love You Best
This is the track that started my search for Korean music off. I really love it, it’s cute and full of charm. Yes, she does get some of the grammar wrong and it’s a bit wonky but that’s part of the appeal for me. Her album is much more bluesy in feel, she’s not a bad guitar player and her vocals are full of feeling. Great stuff.
I do not know so much about Big Baby Driver, but I really like her folk style and I think she has a lovely voice ! ! ! In some ways she reminds me a little of Queen Vera with the simplicity of her tracks. She usually sings and writes in English so it makes her music accessible to a wide audience and she has written and performed the themes for a number of drama’s and movies. I really loved this track.
Sakura – UkelelePicnic – The Sea
This track is from the album Aloa Feel Good Greeting which was their second album released last year. Ukelele Picnic is Korea’s most famous Indie Ukelele band and was formed in 2010. Actually it was formed as a side project for three very accomplished musicians. Singer TJ is vocalist the indie band Hajji, Lee Byung-hoon is producer and song writer who has won awards for his movie sound tracks, and Kim Jin-ah is a famous korean traditional instrument player. But there is really some magic chemistry when they play together and the sense of fun really comes through in the music ! ! !
How fun is this ! The singer here is gorgeous, which helps and it appears to have been filmed in Hawaii ( which helps too, for me). Funny how ukes have spread across the world in recent years. A few years back I actually won a guitar pedal in a guitar magazine for writing a letter in defence of the uke. I was called, by the editor “A strange chap”. Ha ! Turns out I was right. Put on your flip flops, grab a surfboard and join in the fun. Watch out for the jellyfish though…and the sharks….
Pairubu – Raspberry Field - Can You
Two things I love about this. Firstly the song. It’s a real charmer . I always admire a foreign artist who sings in English as well as this. Top song. Secondly, I love the fact that her “name” was chosen in honour of one of her favourite songs. The Beatles Strawberry Fields. How funny is that ! ( quite funny, I think !). Thank Heavens she isn’t a big Winnie the Pooh fan !
Raspberry Field a really nice Duo and I really like their style ! ! ! Soy who is the main singer in the duo, has had a long career in the entertainment industry she was the leader of K-pop girl group T.T.Ma from 1999 until 2000 and following that worked in TV a presenter on a music show. But I think since forming Raspberry Field in 2010 she has really matured as an artist and her voice is fantastic ! ! !
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We hope you have enjoyed chilling to some of the cool indie tracks that are being made in Korea just now. There is so much more to Korean music than just Gangnam Style ! ! ! We had a lot of fun making the post and we hope you liked it ! ! !
So , there ya go ! Six songs that give a little taste of the alternative to K-pop that’s on offer in Korea ( and Japan). I’ve been very impressed at how well crafted the songs are and how the musicians are drawing from all sorts of different sources and yet making their own sounds. “Indie” seems to be flourishing in the Orient at the moment. Fine by me.Hope you found something to enjoy here. I certainly did.
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