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Yesterday: With you – The Blue

Today: Daddy long legs – Tumbleweed


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Chance – Peppertones

A drama song. The closing theme to Cyrano Dating Agency, and in that context i’m pumping my fist every time i hear it. Removed, it’s still ok though lacking the pill of the drama to push it over. It’s a bit too… of that soulless, populist, well produced, well supported upper echelon of indie music. At least it’s upbeat. The drama? Well the drama’s great. A lot of fun. I’ll never convince anyone, but it is.

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I’ll be there for you – LED Apple

A drama song. It’s from Level 7 Civil Servant, which is not a very good drama at all. Some spy fantasy, it’s actually very dumb and would be aggravating if it weren’t so boring. But i started it so i have to finish it. It makes me wonder though: if i liked the drama more, would i like this song more? If it were linked to and then stirred moments from the drama, would the song then come to mean something to me and be lifted from what i think of it now? As now it sounds just above that Jet song where they decided to be in an other way terrible and approximate the Beatles as a cultured counterpart to their other terribleness. This song is not that bad. It just means nothing to me. I have probably liked worse songs from better dramas just because they were from better dramas.

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C’mon through – Lasse Lindh

Worlds colliding. Finding this song on the soundtrack of the Korean drama Soulmate after hearing him through Labrador Records compilations, and then wondering, naively, how Soulmate‘s music co-ordinator could not only have heard this song, but also inserted it so wonderfully into a national prime time television show. The whole soundtrack is incredible, not only in sound but lineup: Elliot Smith, Nouvelle Vague, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Fiona Apple, Annie, Rene Aubry, Cocosuma, Club 8 (!), BMX Bandits (!!!), alongside a whole host of Korean artists.

It’s not enough just to have these songs, and Soulmate is a drama that uses its music so well. Half these songs wouldn’t stir anything in me if it were not for where i found them in this show, this one included. Again, the world doesn’t need to have its art distributed from a central (American) source. It can go straight from Sweden to Korea, straight from one heart to another. The universality of the songs here (the Korean ones included) speak to the universality and the tone of Soulmate. One of the best meditations on love, relationships, communication, need and want, and why we go through any of it, ever to appear on television.

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Black Moon

Black moon – Shin Min-ah

A drama song. We haven’t had one of those in a while. It’s in Arang and the Magistrate, one of my favourite dramas from last year. Hugely underrated, even appearing some nobodies’ worst of the year lists, it was a small ghost story set in Joseon times that, despite a restricted budget, created one of the most perfect, complete drama worlds and supernatural otherworlds i’ve yet seen. And one heck of a love story torn between those two worlds. Shin Min-ah starred in it and also, i found out today, sang this, which might be the best drama soundtrack song i’ve ever heard.

She is not primarily a singer and can’t belt out those typical soaring ballads, so what comes is this sweet, gentle whisper of a song that still carries in it all the longing, unrest and emotional surge of those bombastic, histrionic ones. It would be a better without the big production, the strings and the flute – everything that still traps it as an OST song – but as long as it is still reducible to her voice singing those three rising notes, there’s a magic here.

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Friday, July 6th:
Scared – Verbal Assault

Saturday, July 7th:
Tool – Heavenly

Sunday, July 8th:
Daydreamer – Merel

(a live version because i couldn’t find mp3s for Superpowers)

Monday, July 9th:
JM y la furgoneta azul – Juniper Moon

Tuesday, July 10th:
Hey U – Venny

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The mermaid who loved a shark – Park Hee Kyung

I think that’s what it translates into. Corrections welcome. Drama song. This is from My Girl, another Hong sisters’ drama. My favourites. One of those wonderful, reliable things in life. It’s not a Korean version of our My Girl (though it seems like there should be one out there, with how it ends and all), but rather a version of Mansfield Park, with other nonsense thrown in. All dramas are probably Korean versions of something. I can only pick up on the references i know. There’s a castrato version of this on the soundtrack as well. This song is for the scenes of angst and unspoken desperation, and as such every MV of it on youtube makes it look like the show is the most mopey, melodramatic thing. Hong sisters.

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