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Hot indie rock band HYUKOH releases EP with English lyrics on love, happiness

2018/05/31 18:10

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SEOUL, May 31 (Yonhap) -- HYUKOH, one of the hottest indie rock bands in South Korea, released a new record on Thursday featuring themes that the quartet has never drawn on before: love and happiness.

The new EP, "24: How to find true love and happiness," released at 6 p.m., is a compilation of six soft rock music pieces with lyrics written in English, except for one song.

Indie rock band HYUKOH attends a press conference on May 31, 2018, for their new EP, "24: How to find true love and happiness." (Yonhap) Indie rock band HYUKOH attends a press conference on May 31, 2018, for their new EP, "24: How to find true love and happiness." (Yonhap)

The title track -- "Love Ya!" -- composed and written by the band's point man Oh Hyuk, is a tribute to lovers, a theme the four taciturn members have not explored since the band's debut in 2014.

"It's our first song about lovers. I wrote the song with a message that we extend our support for all the lovers in the world," Oh said in a press conference ahead of the planned record release.

The lyrics of the lead song and four other tracks including "Graduation" and "Gang Gang Schiele" were written in English by the 25-year-old Oh, who spent most of his boyhood in China.

It's primarily due to the feeling of "diction" that he chose English as the dominating language for the new record, according to him.

Oh wrote all six songs, with the band's guitarist Lim Hyun-jae collaborating on the composition of two of the songs.

"The six tracks all feature the key words I came up with while thinking about how I could find true love and happiness," Oh said.

The fifth track, "Gang Gang Schiele," written in Berlin amid the whirlwind of inter-Korean reconciliation earlier in the year, sends out the band's message of hope: "We wish reunification (of the two Koreas) would come quickly. We felt that we needed to make a heartfelt apology to an old friend."

   British visual artists Mark and Frank Lebon, who are also father and son, each filmed a music video for the album, for the title track as well as the only Korean song "Sky World."

   The new record is a continuation of HYUKOH's signature poetic lyrics and calming melodies and voices that characterized the band's previous studio album and two other EPs and singles. But the new record is lighter in theme and tone compared to the previous ones.

"In departure from the past gloominess, we wanted do something new this time with our new album," Oh said.

The fashion-conscious band was once known for their ridiculously broad-shouldered stage costumes. But this time, "We will go with very tiny clothes. They will get shorter and shorter," Oh added.

Indie rock band HYUKOH's point man Oh Hyuk poses for photos during a press conference on May 31, 2018, for their new EP, "24: How to find true love and happiness." (Yonhap) Indie rock band HYUKOH's point man Oh Hyuk poses for photos during a press conference on May 31, 2018, for their new EP, "24: How to find true love and happiness." (Yonhap)

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