As a new-found fan of the Brown Eyed Girls, thanks to this year’s ‘Sixth Sense’, I have been tracing back their steps into stardom. It annoys me that there are such few things on Wikipedia about the life of Narsha, Ga-In, Jea and Miryo. Before Sixth Sense, there was ‘Abracadabra’, which I did not like. I did not understand why people fell under the spell of Abracadabra. I didn’t even think that the Brown Eyed Girls could sing before I heard Sixth Sense, now I’m absolutely in love with them and have on my iTunes every major album they’ve put out.
I soon discovered that they are an acid-jazz band, the first for the South Korean music scene. They are comprised of Jinu (bass and programming), Jo Won-sun (lead vocals and keyboards) and Lee Sang-soon (guitar), and it has remained as such since their formation in 1999 to present day. One would usually relate acid-jazz to Jamiroquai, and the closest thing I have ever come across when it comes to Eastern Asia’s acid-jazz scene would be Japan’s late Nujabes (If you’ve got any personal favorites, regional or Western, do recommend some in the comment box below!).
An architecture student, I am always on the search for nice, calming albums that I could study to. Although I love Sixth Sense, Rainbow‘s ‘A’, and Girl’s Day‘s ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, I find myself unable to study when I listen to the aforementioned songs. I downloaded Roller Coaster’s albums, one of them ‘Absolute’, and fell in love with them instantaneously upon hearing their first song. It is easy listening and poignant, making you feel an aloofness, as if we actually live in a civilized world where things are in their proper order, where things that make you want to pull your hair off don’t happen (nudge JYP for putting ‘Nu Shoes’ as the closing song for the Wonder Girls‘ ‘Wonder World’). Listening to the other songs of Roller Coaster (I just realized how ironically named they are, since their songs don’t make you feel like you’re on a roller coaster), you would never think that ‘Abracadabra’ was penned by the same person who is a part of the band.
So if you’re looking for songs to study or work to, or looking for a different side to K-pop or South Korean music in general, I highly recommend Roller Coaster. Get their whole album, you won’t regret it.
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