Latest pick of cool emerging artist in our ongoing collaboration with Sonicbids.
By Fred Mills
The BLURT staff put our heads (and ears) together and we have the latest pick for our Blurt/Sonicbids “Best Kept Secret”: it’s Love X Stereo, from Seoul, South Korea. This makes our 22nd BKS selection since commencing the program of spotlighting new and under-the-radar artists back in 2008.
The group is described in its bio as “an electro rock band… authentic electronic music based in alternative and punk rock from the ‘90s. With its free use of synthesizing and effects, Love X Stereo’s music is danceable. And despite the fact that many genres aside from K-pop are being completely excluded in the harsh environment of the Korean music industry, its consistency in creating well-produced, visionary music continues to attract global attention. By infusing alternative music with electronic elements, Love X Stereo is creating a fresh new style of music that is continually gaining great respect from both sides of Korean independent music scene; rock and electronica. Its music often confuses Korean audiences who isn’t always accustomed to absorbing new sounds, but it definitely takes center stage in the expat community (in other words, foreigners living in Korea) thanks to their impressive live performances and memorable song-writings.”
Indeed, one readily detects everything from Smashing Pumpkins, U2 and My Bloody Valentine to classic ‘60s girl-group, spacey ‘70s Prog and poppy ‘80s nu-psychedelia in the band’s sound – check, for example, signature track “Soul City” (aka “Seoul City” for a sleek sample of the impressive instrumentation and vocalist Annie’s sensual croon.
We’ll have an interview with the band posted to the site shortly in which we let them fill you in on all this and more. Meanwhile, check out their official website or Facebook page for additional details as well as song samples. They’re one of the good ‘uns, trust us.
Love X Stereo:
Annie – Lead Vocals, Keyboards and Synthesizers
Toby – Guitar, Backing Vocals, producing
Sol – Bass, Backing Vocals
Young Hoon Jang – Drums
Bands, go to www.sonicbids.com/blurtonline to submit and have us review your materials for feature consideration.
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>Our December Best Kept Secret: Black Swan Green, from Brooklyn
>Our March Best Kept Secret: Polly Mackey & the Pleasure Principle, from England
>Our June Best Kept Secret: Wiretree, from Austin
>Our August Best Kept Secret: Bulletproof Vests, from Memphis
>Our November Best Kept Secret: The Vivs, from Boston
>Our January 2010 Best Kept Secret: The Public Good, from D.C.
>Our February Best Kept Secret: Dirty Dancing, from Austin
>Our April Best Kept Secret: Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, from Boston
>Our June Best Kept Secret: The Rebel Set, from Phoenix
>Our August Best Kept Secret: Alice Austin, from Los Angeles
>Our October 2010 Best Kept Secret: Doug McCurry, from Charlotte
>Our January 2011 Best Kept Secret: Drunken Prayer, from Portland
>Our April 2011 Best Kept Secret: Preachers Son, from Dublin, Ireland
>Our June 2011 Best Kept Secret: Butter, from Durham, NC
>Our August 2011 Best Kept Secret: Dark Circles, from Nashville, TN
>January 2012 Best Kept Secret: The Glimmer, from Australia
>May 2012 Best Kept Secret: Wolf Ram Heart, from Columbus, OH
>November 2012 Best Kept Secret: Sons Of Hippies, from west coast, Florida
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