So, we await the return of RR with bated breath. In the meantime you’ve probably all been wondering what has been happening out East ( I mean Japan and Korea, not Norwich !). Fear not, I have had a busy summer avoiding Ubuette and catching up on the latest sounds from around the Orient. Here are some of my current “worms” for your enjoyment.
I’ll risk being a tad controversial here but I think that at the moment Korea has the edge over Japan when it comes to “indie” sounds. It’s almost like a Manchester/London thing. The Korean bands seem more inclined to get in a groove ( in a good way) sometimes. That’s just my opinion. See what you think…..
First up- Love X Stereo ( Korean) with Soul ( Seoul) City ( see what they did there !). Slightly “Baggy” in feel, I think, very pleasant, they have some great tunes which can be tracked down cheaply on i-Tunes and Bandcamp.
Next – Moe and Ghosts- Ginga. Japanese rap ! Very odd sounding ( in a good way), no idea what they are on about, of course but then who can understand Little Richard or Elvis at times ?
The Milky Tangerine are typical of Japanese bands at the moment. There are an awful lot of 3 guy 1 girl indie bands around, they can be really good but there’s a tendency to be a bit formula heavy at times. This is Space, which is nice , though.
More J-indie from Taffy with Sweet Violet. This one I really like. J-indie at it’s best.
Her Ghost Friend are a real favorite at the moment, a combination of electronics and female vocals/raps that is really easy on the ( my) ear. Here is their fabulously titled “Luminous moss“.
Han Heejung is, simply, so great that I had to order the album from Korea ( thanks for the Birthday money, Mum). This is “Another Day” , breathy “ha ha’s” and a relaxed feel. There’s something here that tickles my fancy very much. ( Great cover to the CD too !)
More relaxed Korean and , again, an album that cost me ! The Mohho Project‘s “Letting you go” is mellow and attractively snoozy. Taken from the superbly titled “My eyebrows don’t want to be warm” album ! ( she added a handwritten note to the album I ordered, that’s what I call “fan friendly” service.
To finish we are back in Japan with Bis-kaidan which combines “cutie” rock band Bis with arch noise guys Kaidan to form a “supergroup” of kinds. Here is their cover of Jun Togawa‘s “Suki Suki Dai Suki” ( turn it up !), one of the great J-rock songs of all time. I’ve added the original to the end so you can compare notes. Dig that “80s” sound !
I hope you enjoy something here.