In the midst of pop songs and EDM blasting the streets of Seoul in 2014, a young indie band shyly layered soft rock melodies. Often seen at indie music venues in Hongdae, like how any other Korean indie bands would start off, they quickly encapsulated the hearts of 20-somethings in Korea. Through their self-reflecting and aching lyrics, they would speak about their everyday lives as young adults - fear of rejection, unexplained void, and constant longing for happiness.
Unfolding their tales, they embrace the rather banal topic of ‘songs about youth’’ and paint it with their own color. Delivered with tranquility and tenderness, they muster a full range of emotions into every aspect of their songs.
In his toned-down voice, Oh Hyuk, the vocalist, is refreshingly honest and comforting. Yet, pains are visible. Every bit of lyrics is amalgamated with melancholy.
They are strangely hopeful. While in despair, they still look forward, celebrating all the moments that make the unexplained despondency worthwhile. They live, just like how 20-somethings do life.
Without castigating themselves for things fallen through the cracks, they welcome life as it is, softly whispering to all of us that we do not need to fear what’s to come.
** Hyukoh’s new EP, titled '24: How to find true love and happiness', is scheduled for release on May 31.
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