Busker Busker
Busker Busker 1st Wrap Up Album



by PiedradeLuna USER (38 Reviews)
May 29th, 2014 | 1 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Easing the aftertaste left by some 'other' Korean pop acts…

K-Pop has its equal share of admirers and detractors and rightly so. Many cannot stomach the cookie-cutter image and over the top pandering of the manufactured idols while others are preoccupied with the lifestyle; enveloped by the marketing and those musical choices that come with it. Busker Busker, on the contrary, show no signs of being confined by the genre tenants and instead focus their efforts on creating something more akin to Indie Pop than K-Pop.

Busker Busker's Busker Busker 1st Wrap Up Album begins with an invitation onto the busy streets of Seoul, Korea. Right out of the gate, we are treated to none of the artificialness or glamour of the studio driven idols and instead are brought into the hustle and bustle of one of asia's biggest cities. The throngs of people lining the streets, the rampant consumerism, the glittering neon lights--it's all included as the first two numbers excel in imitating the fast-paced Korean lifestyle. Striving to bring an artistic focus to Korea's streets, Busker Busker are eager to demonstrate influences from their own rich Korean history and yet have done their homework and studied what constitutes a successful indie sound. The jangled guitar licks, the simple chord progressions in selections like, "소나기 (주르르루)" accentuate the group's easygoing attitude amidst a culture that has a hard time relaxing. It's clear though, on this small sampling, that Jang Beom-Jun is someone to keep an eye on. Jang's vocal melodies indulge the listener as his sensual croons encompass the entire spectrum. The EP comes to its high point on the repentant "*말로 사랑한다면". The band functioning as a conceive unit; bass and drum work complimenting the mournful guitar notes as Jang mimics that day-shift lounge singer in Vegas, you know, the one with some actual talent but has yet seemingly gone unnoticed in their musical career. The song recounts the argument between two lovers who question if these words of affection, so often said as filler or worse with indifference, actually hold any weight. The ending instrumental reprisal of the chord progression of the previous song calmly round out the record.

The disc is a veritable audio excursion of a night out on the town in Korea. Starting fast and strong--soju shot after soju shot--and ending rather peacefully singing as the sun comes up about what could have been. With this EP, Busker Busker bring the proverbial 'spoon full of sugar' to foreign audiences wishing to help wash down the somewhat bittersweet taste of current popular music in Korea. Abandoning the tired and true formula for success in a country where your image is everything and sticking to their instincts, producing quality samples of infectious Indie Pop, Busker Busker can go a long way to help ease tensions in an already polarizing genre.

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July 7th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Can't find a stream for this but this is well made music video to let people hear how they sound


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