Choi Gonne’s music is travelling the world and she herself appeared at 2014 Glastonbury Festival. Choi usually writes lyrics in English, and she has studied Korean singing method called Pansori. But she stopped learning and started making songs instead.
Absorbing folk, pop, rock and various other genres and themes, she has developed her very own method.
Jerry.k (제리케이) is an independent rapper who has his own label. He’s graduated from a prestigious university – he already played music when he was a student – and got into a major company. But he quit the company and restarted his music career, focusing on social issues.
Jeong Cha Shik (정차식) is a dignified Korean singer known from the band Rainy Sun and solo albums depicting Korean men, including himself. In the new song the’ve made together they tell a story about workers who give up music to make their living. Its title “Meonji Sain Guitar”(먼지 쌓인 기타) means “Dust Covered Guitar”.
“U” is the single from the 2nd album from Loro’s called “W.A.N.D.Y”. The record was released after 6 years, because of member’s military service and other projects. Loro’s post-rock music has its own ambience and imaging.
It’s not only their cello/string sound and the band’s affinity to noise, but also because of their compositions and full control over emotions. On “W.A.N.D.Y.”, Loro’s music is brighter and bigger than first album. This song is a proof.
Lucite Tokki is a Seoul-based pop duo formed in 2005. When they debuted, the duo presented warm vocals and acoustic sound. But since 2012, their music has become more danceable and closer to dream pop, and lyrics more direct.
This video comes from the movie “Frances Ha”. Interesting thing is, the main characters in the movie are of similar age, and are good old friends – just like Lucite Tokki.
Seoul is not the only music scene in South Korea. Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea, has been known for heavy music. Formed in 2001, Unchained (체인드) have been a vital part of the Busan’s landscape with their music inspired by Seattle grunge bands like Alice In Chain and Soundgarden.
The idea for “Porcupine” (호저) comes from “Porcupine’s Dilemma” by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. The songs appears on the band’s new album “Thorn” (가시), which describes relationships, conflicts and inner weaknesses – but Unchained’s preserves energy and a local color.