15 Korean artists, which is worth listening to
Music / / December 19, 2019
The selection deliberately not included idol group - a separate kind of world. Only solo artists and indie bands, familiarity with which will not disappoint you.
Host Lee - a former member of Wonder Girls group, which began a solo career very successful single release 24 Hours. It was followed by EP-album Full Moon - Host and finally established himself as a talented singer that sounds great in different styles compositions.
Host is involved in writing lyrics and music for his songs, the choreography of her performances always on top, and another girl playing bass guitar.
Gashina - fresh release of the singer after three-year hiatus, and it is definitely a hit. Energetic composition in the genre of synth-pop with elements of dancehall you definitely want to include more than one occasion, and chaotic bright and stylish video - it's just a feast for the eyes.
Rock music is not particularly popular in Korea, but talented and committed people that does not stop doing things you love. Children from Drug Restaurant (until 2016 the band was called Jung Joon Young Band - in honor of the founder and frontman Chong Chung-Yong) make great music, even if their name is not performing at the popular show, and their clipsdo not show on TV.
In the group of fans gathered Western alternative, post-punk and garage rock, and in the work of Drug Restaurant you will notice the familiar notes. But who said that this is necessarily a bad thing? Incendiary guitars, deep timbre of the singer, the spirit of freedom and rebellion moderate - just listen.
Zico - nickname In Chiho, rapper, composer, songwriter, producer and band leader of Block B. On account of his two solo albums, several mixtapes and many collaborations with other talented members of the Korean music scene.
The repertoire of this versatile young man as aggressive tracks with powerful bit (Veni Vidi Vici, Tough Cookie), and r'n'b-hypnotic compositions (bermuda Triangle) And lyric ballads (I Am You, You Are Me, She's a Baby).
Anti song from the new album Television devoted to the specific relations that arise between the musician and the audience ( "The product is no personal space, the buyer is the king"). And in the clip Zico makes a journey into the dark underworld where every artist gets when cranky viewer turns off the television.
From time to time some Korean performers go beyond the pop-cultural sterility and create something provocative. But no one makes it so stylish and aesthetically pleasing, as the Song Gaina, member of the group Brown Eyed Girls.
With a group Gaina tried different styles and concepts, but truly opened solo work. She is not afraid to sing about difficult things: for example, in FXXK U topic of coercion in the pair rises.
In his scenic image Gaina confidently showing sexy adult woman who is aware of their desires (and unwillingness), and is not going to hide. In Paradise Lost songs from the album titled hawwah ( "Eve" in Hebrew), it is a question of seduction - and grim, fascinating clip from the "snake," choreography perfectly complements it.
Since 2005 the American Korean Pak Jeb moved to Seoul, he managed to stay a leader idol group, leave it because of the scandal, release four full-length albums, found a hip-hop record label to join the caste of the Korean version of the comedy show Saturday Night Live and play in a clip Charlie XCX.
Among his role models Jay Pak calls Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and Usher. His clips banyat regularly on the conservative Korean television - you can see MommaeTo understand why.
Track Me Like Yuh with its Latin American motifs give a party atmosphere at the pool, and honey Jay's voice combined with hot dances from the clip will warm further.
Band playing indie rock, it was formed in 2001 and during its existence has received numerous music awards. Korean critics always point out the richness of the arrangements and fresh sound.
In listening time there is a feeling similar to that which arises from Snow Patrol, The Editors and early Coldplay. But to direct the similarities far more likely they are similar in mood.
In general, music Nell noticeable impact Brit-rock, and texts written by frontman Kim Chonvanom almost always filled with melancholy, existential angst and loneliness in a big city - though the newest releases to them add a touch of hope.
Vocal range and light volume Amy Lee, or Ailey, might envy Christina Aguilera times its height. Seriously: the performer is sometimes criticized for the fact that some of the notes she "rehash" (as an antonym to the word "nedotyagivaet") sounds too powerful.
Ailey grew up in America, and after moving to Korea quickly captivated the audience: her second mini-album A's Doll House was sold out on the first day of release. The repertoire includes many ballad soundtrack drama and songs that only as "typical" for Korean pop music can not be called. But it is safe to say that her true element - a good old r'n'b.
Trumpeters, Broadway atmosphere, iridescent bulb and a bit of jazz - in the guise of a luxury diva Ailey feels great and looks great. If everything is to your taste, it is recommended that more Do not Touch Me. And if you want something more modern - there is a wonderful Home, A collaboration with hip-hop performer Yung Mirai.
"I'm a celebrity for your celebrity" - says Kwon Dzhion, better known as G-Dragon, a joint track with rapper PSY. And he was not exaggerating: dozens of young artists called GD-sonbennima "Sonbennim" - a polite reference to the Korean senior colleague. those who inspired them to make music.
Debuting in 2006 as the leader of Big Bang, G-Dragon wrote and produced most of the songs, and in 2009 released his first solo album - Heartbreaker.
In the work outside the group does not recognize GD no framework, and it is very difficult to select a single clip to be present. So to start, we offer two very different songs about parting.
Crooked - energetic pop song with electronic sounds of keyboards and drums, reminiscent of punk rock.
And this is the title track of the album was released in June, Kwon Ji Yong. There is nothing, except for piano and voice - and it is an emotional, dramatic and slightly theatrical Place of performance makes such a beautiful melody.
For fans can suggest a little strange One of a Kind. If you want even more strange - Coup D'EtatAnd if you want to really mad, please: MichiGO and Crayon.
Creativity Kwon Hoka, who took the pseudonym in honor of the American actor James Dean, will not disappoint fans of the sensual sound in the style of Zayn Malik and The Weeknd. Dean himself writes and produces songs for himself and other artists, and still is cru Fanxychild with Zico, r'n'b-Crush performer, DJ and producer Millic and an underground rapper Penomeco.
Bonnie & Clyde of 130 debut mood: TRBL - almost 4 minutes pulsating bits and velvety vocals, periodically passing in falsetto, and the melody of the chorus gently penetrate your mind and stay there for a long time.
Do Chzhiyn - singer and actress, songwriter and producer, recognized the strict Korean audience "younger sister nation." IU debuted on stage in 15 years, has released four albums and has played in several dramas, including - a major role in the very popular "Scarlet hearts."
If her talent actress and not always universally admired, then as a musician IU definitely took place. Her songs are very sincere and simple, which, combined with a gentle voice and manner, "girl next door" creates a very captivating combination.
Palette - it's melodic electro-pop title track was released in April, self-titled album. IU is about the little things that may seem quite unimportant, but which is always useful to detect and take, because they make you you.
Lee Byung-young rapper - one of the most promising representatives of Korean hip-hop. Having appeared in the fifth season, Show Me the Money - TV shows, where skill compete as the famous rappers as well as beginners, - BeWhy earned a deserved victory and gained popularity.
With every new release, he remains true to himself: rich multilayered sound ragged rhythms not dull, sincere texts in which BeWhy often raises philosophical questions. If you decide to find a translation, you will not regret. Even without listening to the translation of this talented man - a real pleasure.
Please note, if you like to arrange cheerful indie party and Foster the People, OK Go and Two Door Cinema Club are already fed up with it. Founders Park vocalist and guitarist Sol Naru say that they are greatly influenced by the US British rock and 90's and 00's, but it's not very hard to believe - too life-affirming music create guys.
The Solutions - is catchy melodies, nice vocals, experiments with synthesizers and energetic rhythms that will want to dance or to go for a jog. Or at least a ride on the car on the evening city.
Many of the songs are performed in English, so if you long for the Korean sounds too strange, it is necessary to start with these guys.
Rapper, songwriter and producer Mad Clown (Cho Donrim) debuted in 2008 with the album Love Sickness and since then He has released five full plates and lots of tracks in collaboration with performers and other nezhnogolosymi rappers.
Mad Clown in their constant oval glasses always looks a little embarrassed and does not correspond to the stereotypical image of the rapper - "bad guy." This impression is supported by the mild manner of execution and the lyrical texts of the complex relationships that happen between two people.
Lie track created with the participation of the singer Lee Hari - is melancholic rap ballad of a unilateral sense, written on behalf of the host side of love: "Not knowing how to swim, I came to the ocean. Not knowing how to love, I have come to you. "
The group, founded in 2014, is perhaps the most well-known among Korean indie bands. Hyukoh sound is really unique. From invigorating tracks to reflective rock ballads: husky voice of frontman About Hoka is sometimes only accompanied by a rich instrumental parts, and sometimes comes to the fore - and then one can not but admire his opportunities.
Besides creativity of the group, it is worth paying attention to collaboration About Hoka with hip-hop producer Primary. Bawling, Island and Gondry - is a rock singer moved to the side of r'n'b and soul, and it turned out very well.
For the primary reference also offer hit Hyukoh - vigorous Comes and Goes from the second album called 22.
Jesse (Ho Honchzhu) - singer, rapper and hip-hop participant trio Lucky J. Her career can not be called a level: from 2009 to 2014-th Jesse was forced to take a break in the music business. Since then she has released several singles, she has participated in many collaborations and recorded a solo album Un2verse.
Charismatic owner wide vocal range and deep tone, Jesse can both aggressively read (Ssenunni), and melodic sing (Do not Make Me Cry, Excessive Love). Both of these talents is clearly shown in a joint composition with rapper #Gun in semifinal Show Me the Money 5. True, the Jesse is only present on the screen, but the expressiveness of performances this does not diminish.
Do you listen to Korean music? Who else would have added to this list?