Throwback Thursday: Indie Picks
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we dive headfirst into the K-Indie scene. From synth-laden debut tracks to heartfelt ballad sophomore hits, we here at The Kraze have got you covered when it comes to looking to add to your favorite indie playlist.
“Baby Baby” - April 2nd
In 2015, April 2nd came onto the K-Indie scene with “Baby Baby,” a bright electro-pop song full of colorful synths and rhythm guitar. The song comes off their debut album Plastic Heart, a release full of dreamy synth-pop with a punk-rock edge. More recent releases have seen the band’s sound mature, but April 2nd continues to retain that core electric pop-punk sound.
“뜨거운 너는 내게 말했지 (Talk to Me)” - WE ARE THE NIGHT
WE ARE THE NIGHT has seen plenty of commercial success—their track “I Wonder” is featured on A-TEEN2’s OST—but back in 2013, they released their song “Talk to Me.” The five-member band has been around since 2005, originally under the moniker Rocket Diary, but reformed in 2012 under a new name and with a new sound. “Talk to Me” perfectly highlights WE ARE THE NIGHT’s shift from an emo-alt-rock sound to a more electronic-based one with its poppy guitars and whimsical synths.
“Any” - Rocoberry
Released in 2014, Rocoberry’s “Any” is about as solemn as it gets. Between lamenting piano chords and a sorrowful electric guitar, “Any” gives off a Brit-rock vibe that’s ideal for anyone going through tough times. On top of Rocoberry’s own rock-influenced releases, the indie duo is perhaps best known for their musical contributions to K-Drama, notably Ailee’s “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow” from 2017’s Goblin.
“Draw the Line” - 1415
“Draw the Line” is the debut track by 1415, released as the title off their 2017 EP Dear: X. The pop track, based off of IU’s “Meet You on Friday,” is a lighthearted confession song wherein the duo tries to muster up the courage to confront the object of their affections. The nerve-wracking anticipation that comes with having a crush is something anyone can relate to, and 1415’s buoyant love song does a wonderful job illustrating these emotions through both the lyrics and bluesy guitar.