As usual, this week Chris Park over at wakesidevision has reviewed plenty of kindie releases:
He has also listened to the debut album from 9 and the Numbers: 9와 숫자들 – Self-Titled Review. I gave the album my first listen this week and although I’d argue that it’s a bit uneven in how styles are mixed between songs, it does have plenty of strong songs – 선유도의 아침 in particular was a delightful electropop bliss I ended up playing repeatedly. As a fun bonus the limited edition of the CD comes with a scarf.
And on Friday, Chris revealed a new guilty pleasure of his: 14 Left – Zahir Review. Being another album I listened to this week I think I understand why he would call it that. As Chris points out, there are some similarities to Vanilla Unity (which to me has always seemed more popular among the female populace) and on top of that there’s a whole lot of screamo (which I’d say is a vocal style with a higher appeal to a male audience), and instead of thinking they had found a way to speak to both potential groups of fans I found myself wondering if they hadn’t excluded most of their potential listeners. Still, while not as fantastic as I had hoped I liked it a lot as well – as did mrkwang. Sample the album yourself at last.fm.
Onto something else: I’ve been meaning to tell you just how awesome some of the tracks on Rainy Sun‘s Origin are but so far have failed to find the time. For now you can read up on the band and find samples over at make-shift cartology: group overview: Rainy Sun [레이니썬 ]