Eight years after the album debut, Tearliner is finally ready to return with second full-length album Grey Garden (잿빛 정원) on September 13th. Planned since 2007, the album holds 14 titles of songs old and new.
In 2009 Tearliner released single Embrace All, planned to be the first in a series of four. The original version of “Embrace All” can soon be found on the new album, alongside “Love Traveler”, “사랑은 잠시” and “달콤한 계절” that were meant to follow. The album also includes “너는 내게”, which could be heard in a piano version in 2007 hit drama Coffee Prince where Tearliner served as the music director. Among the newer titles we find “Sweet Nightmare” featuring Casker‘s Lee Yoongjin.
After the public breakup with long-time boyfriend Simon D, Lady Jane released digital single 일기 (Diary) expressing the ensuing sadness on September 5th. The song is a cover of Candy Man‘s “일기” from 2001. Arranged by Humming Urban Stereo it attempts to maintain the original’s sensitivity with a vintage feeling.
The single also features new song “밤비 (Bambi)”. Trying more of a breezy 80-90′s swing jazz feeling it tells of lovers’ fear of parting. Instrumental versions of both tracks are included with the release.
July has barely gotten started, but sticking to the early audition schedule the Hello Rookie bands of August this year have already been selected through a live audition on July 1st. Indie pop trio Roundheads tried out yet another time and finally came out a winner of both the title and 1,000,000 won, just like indie rock band The Lads. The two acts faced competition from Cacti, The Lads, Hyangni, Dabda and Litter. Although Moonwhales had qualified for the live auditions they did not compete.
The live auditions for the July edition of Hello Rookie were held at Rolling Hall in Hongdae on June 3rd. Among the 7 bands competing for the title ECE and Roundheads, that qualified for the live audition also the month prior, could be found. This time rock band ECE came out as the winner alongside Britrock inspired garage band 24Hours. The other teams auditioning for July that have yet to be named Hello Rookie of any month were Lee Jin Woo, WHOwho, DecaDan.D and Sweden Laundry.
Papercut Project gathers Sugarbowl vocalist Ko Changin, Soulights guitarist Yu Kyeong Pyo and Soulights drummer Kim Doo Hyun. The acoustic trio released their first full-length album 불공정연애 on May 21st including all three songs from debut single Pass Me Not, released a year earlier.
Going for a combination of detailed and witty lyrics with light and timeless arrangements Papercut Project tell love stories over bossanova influenced melodies. In addition to several songs of their own, the album includes a remake of “왜 날” from Light & Salt leader Kio‘s solo album.
Launching his musical career in 1994 through modern rock duo U&Me Blue–sometimes called Korea’s first indie band–Yi Sung Yol made a celebrated solo debut in 2003. His third full-length album Why We Fail came out two years ago and on May 24th he stands ready to offer new album V.
Not a typical studio album, its ten tracks have been produced under the lead words ‘ambience’, ‘muddle’, ‘estrange’ and ‘emancipate’. There’s the ambience from recording at a live venue. There’s the muddled sound that comes from recording all the instruments of the band together instead of having one microphone for each. There are the English lyrics, making the songs freer and overall estranged from the Yi Sung Yol of the past (‘I take myself too seriously’). There’s the emancipation from the strict studio recording process.
As a consequence of how the album came into existence, Yi Sung Yol has been performing several of the songs live before the release. Fluxus Music has already published a set of ‘recording’ and ‘live sketch’ videos. The song “Fear (Don’t Let It Get The Best Of You Darling)” was released as a digital single on May 21st while the recording video was published on YouTube:
Three-piece rock band Asian Chairshot formed in May 2011 and proceeded to make their first digital release half a year later. In 2012 Asian Chairshot made a name for themselves through CJ Azit’s Tune Up and last month Asian Chairshot was picked as Hello Rookie of May. Now the band’s first EP 탈 has been released on Dada Music–the online release came on May 20th with the offline release following a day later.
While going for something of a loser image, on four tracks the trio is showcasing several different styles from grunge to the psychedelic, even channelling sounds of Korea’s traditional mask dance on the song with the same name. Next month Asian Chairshot will be heading to Singapore for the Baybeats Festival, taking on the outdoor stage on June 28th.
Stunning singer-songwriter Oh Ji Eun will be releasing a new album on May 14th. Coming four years after her second album, compared to the previous albums her third full-length is said to be more pessimistic while still on the theme of love. It includes “누가 너를 저 높은 곳에 올라가도록 만들었을까” from last year’s 이야기해주세요 compilation in support for Korea’s comfort women as well as “겨울아침” from the 3rd Mint Paper compilation Life, released in 2010.
The music video for album lead track “고작” was released on the 13th, showcasing a sound where Oh Ji Eun’s strong vocals remain in the center:
Veteran indie pop band Julia Hart have gone back into the past, re-recording the since long sold-out second album 영원의 단면 after a successful crowdsourcing effort. First released in 2005 the album came with hidden track “Young & Stupid”, but for the ‘rebooted’ version the song “체리 블라썸” serves as bonus track. “체리 블라썸”, or “Cherry Blossom”, is a new version of “활짝 핀 벚꽃나무 아래서” from the 2004 single Miss Chocolate first released as a digital single in April.
Limited to 500 physical copies the album will be released May 14th. A music video for the new version of “가장 최근의 꿈” was revealed a day early:
On May 10th 10cm released a digital single in collaboration with k-pop idol group Orange Caramel. The two groups have recorded a joint version of 10cm’s “안아줘요”, now also under the international title “Hug Song”. 10cm first recorded the song for Mint Paper’s café night & day compilation in 2011 whereas this new version has been made for LOEN Entertainment’s re;code project.
The new single is called re;code Episode IV. Previous episodes include Daybreak doing their “들었다 놨다 (Love Actually)” together with Sunny Hill and Lucia singing Epitone Project‘s “선인장” together with Infinite‘s Woohyun.
A music video has yet to show up for the new version, but a day before the single release LOEN published a special ‘Coming Soon Interview’ video with English subtitles on YouTube. Showing the two groups interviewing each other, among many other things viewers learn that it was 10cm that had asked to work together with the girls in Orange Caramel.
The live auditions for Hello Rookie of June 2013 were held today at Rollinghall with two winners announcd. In competition with Drongo, Roundheads, The Barberettes, ECE and fine it was psychedelic rock band Squash Vines and Jeju based reggae & ska band South Carnival both came out of the evening 1,000,000 won richer also qualifying them for the final at the end of the year.
As the Korean Cultural Centre UK prepared its 2013 K-Music Festival in London care was taken to secure some of the biggest indie names in Korea. In addition to an opportunity to see traditional Korean musicians in action, anyone who ventures to London mid-June may be able to enjoy live music from UhUhBoo Project, Yi Sung Yol and Chang Kiha & The Faces.
As spring continues in Korea, the spring themed releases keep on coming. Today April 16th Peterpan Complex debuted the song “봄봄봄” on a digital single with the same name. It’s a synth-pop number in a style similar to the sound that dominated the band’s fifth full-length album. For the live premiere of “봄봄봄”, to take place during the Beautiful Mint Life 2013 festival ten days from now, Peterpan Complex vocalist Jeon Ji Han will perform a special dance.
The single is the first new material from Peterpan Complex following a short hiatus. Drummer Kim Kyung In aka Locomotive announced her pregnancy during the recordings of Top Band 2 last summer, but has now returned to the band.
Via: Bugs Music
While the UK has the Korea Rocks tour coming up in a couple of weeks, Northern Europe too–Helsinki, Finland in particular–has something to look forward to before the summer: Today it was announced that Jambinai will be playing this year’s World Village Festival, performing a 1 hour set from the festival’s second biggest stage on May 25th.
As Jambinai introduces their unique use of traditional Korean instruments for a post-rock/post-hardcore sound to a Finnish audience, they will get some extra support to make their sound even heavier. 13Steps vocalist Dokyo13 will be travelling with the band offering his bass playing skills, where as Ryu Myoung Hoon–drummer of 13Steps, Hollow Jan, Rux and several bands more–will provide some extra percussion.
Rumors have it Jambinai will return to Europe and also visit another continent before the end of the year, but any official announcements have yet to be made.
Korean-American musician MYK is perhaps best known for his work in hip-hop with Epik High, but as a talented songwriter his scope is much wider. Now he’s going for a modern rock sound with one-man band Saltnpaper.
First single LoveStrong, featuring Tablo, was released on April 10th and a self-titled mini album is out this week–online release through Korean outlets today, offline release and internationally available tomorrow April 16th. Additionally up and coming Polish singer Iza Lach is featured on two tracks–”Home” and Windward”.
Album lead track “모자” is the Korean version of album closing track “Hats”, with lyrics written by Lee Seung Hwan. A music video for “모자” should be released within the next few days.
The Saltnpaper teaser introduces the many different styles found on the album:
After releasing debut single Blackhole in March last year, 24Hours are getting ready to expose more of their British pop/garage rock fusion sound. Digital single Why was released today, April 15th, with the bands first full-length album set to follow on April 29th. Learn more about 24Hours through our interview from January.
Electro rock band We Are The Night is the new project of emo-punk act Rocket Diary. The first digital single Melancholy showed up in March this year and second single This Is It came out in early April. The self-titled debut album is set to follow suit on April 25th, including both songs from the singles alongside 9 titles more. SounTruck vocalist Im Sun Young is featured on a song called “Fine”.
Singer-songwriter Taru will release her third full-length album on April 18th. In the past we’ve heard her do sweet indie pop songs as the vocalist of The Melody and her first few releases on Pastel Music was all Sentimental Scenery produced electronic pop. Her second album was more ballad oriented and after joining Old Records she reclaimed her original sound.
Third album Puzzle is touted as a meeting between Taru and label mates Yellow Monsters, with the rock band providing the ‘hardware’. Just like for last year’s Blah Blah mini album, Yellow Monsters’ song writer Lee Yongwon has contributed songs to the Puzzle. The tracklist also includes “기침”, previously released on Blah Blah.
It’s only been two months since The KOXX guitarist Lee Sooryun released his first solo EP 동화일기, but already he’s got new things coming up. On April 18th Lee Sooryun’s jazz project band Hommage will release a self-titled debut album, promising 64 exciting minutes of sophisticated jazz of the future.
The album teaser briefly introduces the members and provides a chance to sample “Decalcomanie” ahead of the release:
Prolific acoustic trio Standing Egg will release spring themed mini album Ambler on April 16th. It includes 5 songs and instrumental versions of all, including the R&B flavored “시간이 달라서” which was released as a digital single in February.
Mini album opening track and ukulele number “Miss Flower” is made for KTO’s campaign with the same name. In March foreigners were invited to write song lyrics about spring time in Korea and the two winning lyrics will inspire the coming “Miss Flower” music video, to be recorded in collaboration with the two winners.
The Ambler trailer, produced by Indie2Go, was revealed yesterday: