On the last evening of the Mu:Con, we checked out the showcase at Bluesquare Samsung Card hall. From the second-floor balcony we looked down on a giant stage flooded with huge lights before a full house. Many of the audience had signed up for seats months before. We were fortunate to slip into the show with an invitation from the generous hosting institution.
뮤:콘 마지막 날 저녁, 쇼케이스에 들렀다. 두 달 전부터 미리 신청해야 관람할 수 있지만 주최기관의 도움으로 초대권을 얻어 한남동 블루스퀘어 삼성카드 홀에 입장할 수 있었다. 넓은 홀 2층에서 내려다 본 무대는 제법 컸고 객석은 꽉꽉 들어차 있었다.
1. Danpyeonseon and the Sailors | 단편선과 선원들. Image courtesy of ize magazine The first team we were able to catch was Danpyeonseon and the Sailors, a deeply folksy and slightly off-kilter psych rock and roots group, complete with soft violins and slamming electric guitars, veering zigzags on the fine line between normalcy and an almost religious spirituality. Barefoot Danpyeonseon, flanked by his virtuoso musical mates, let his grown-out hair tumble where it would as he belted at-times intricate, sometimes almost violent, tumultuously mystical tunes.
For more photos of Danpyeonseon from this event, check out http://blog.naver.com/nayouny92/220148310503
Danpyeonseon originally goes by the name of Hoegidong Danpyeonseon, and he started out as a single act way back in 2006. His unique socially-conscious brand of neo-folk paired with meditative and at times explosive lyrics have won him accolades from all over. He plays everywhere from Hongdae to Jeju to (next week) Tokyo, and he teams up with just as many various artists. Recently he teamed up for good with the Sailors to create this new team, and their album “Animal” was released just this year. Keep an ear out for this creature — odds are he will come yelling and guitaring his way towards a venue near you!
단편선은 2006년부터 회기동 단편선으로 혼자 활동하다가 2012년에 앨범을 발매하고 얼마 전부터 ‘단편선과 선원들’을 꾸려 본격적으로 활동 중이다. 사회참여적이고 함축적인 가사와 아방가르드 싸이키 포크(?)록 음악으로 인지도를 높여 왔고, 자립음악생산조합 조합원으로도 알려져 있다. 홍대, 제주도, 다음주에는 동경에까지 진출한다 하니, 요즘 공연 안 하는 곳이 없는 듯하다. 단편선과 선원들은 올해에 신보 “동물”을 발매했는데… 조만간 평을 올려야겠다. ㅋㅋ
단편선과 선원들 공식 페이스북: https://www.facebook.com/danpyunsunandthesailors
The official facebook of Danpyeonseon and the Sailors: https://www.facebook.com/danpyunsunandthesailors
회기동 단편선 공식 페이스북: https://www.facebook.com/danpyunsun
The official facebook of Danpyeonseon: https://www.facebook.com/danpyunsun
AAND THE OFFICIAL TUMBLR: http://danpyunsun.tumblr.com/
2. Loros | 로로스.
The second and last team that we were able to catch that night was Loros. Loros describe themselves as a post-rock shoegazing band, and they formed in 2005 so that’s what, already 9 years in action. They’ve been around for a while now! Their name comes from American band Pinback’s single Loro. Their singular ability to delineate surreal soundscapes on a bed of calm, whispering, fuzz-infused sonic familiarity is aided and abetted by the fact that they have a cellist(!). That cellist is also a singular solo artist that goes by the name of Pika (피카).
그 날 쇼케이스에서 두번째이자 마지막으로 봤던 팀은 로로스였다. 로로스는 포스트-락 슈게이징 밴드라고 분류될 수도 있지만 은근히 다양한 음악적 영향권을 넘나들며 소리의 풍경을 그려내는 탁월한 팀이다. 2005년부터 거의 9년 넘게 활동하고 있는데, 미국 락 밴드 핀백의 싱글 ‘로로’에서 이름을 따왔다고 한다. 특이하게 멤버 구성 중 첼로가 있는데, 첼리스트는 피카 라는 이름으로 솔로 활동도 진행하고 있다.
Do Jae-myeong, the synth/vocals, launched a small performance on the huge stage. He suddenly turned his back to the audience and donned a green apron with a large rubber pig’s-head, then began to prance about and throw money every which way. Afterwards he resumed his position and started singing again. It was quite a statement to be sure, especially on that stage — it was a relief in more ways than one.
Follow Loros on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lorosloros
You can buy their albums here.
For purchase of Pax album: http://www.yesasia.com/global/loros-vol-1-pax/1010093928-0-0-0-en/info.html
For purchase of Dream[s] album: http://www.yesasia.com/global/loros-single-album-dream-s/1019787345-0-0-0-en/info.html