There's always a specific album or artist that I tend to become obsessed with for a season. This summer, the rising band Hyuk Oh has caught my eye... or should I say ears. I first came across the song Comes and Goes (와리가리) while skimming online. The guitar intro immediately caught my attention. The mellow repetitive rhythm made me stay, waiting for the melody. Within several seconds in, I was met with a silky and unmistakable voice that danced along with the guitar. The rest of the song was a groovy party.
01 / COMES AND GOES (와리가리)
"‘Comes and Goes’ shows the relationship between the band members and how they've been since childhood up until now. They used to live abroad when they were little and now live in Seoul. The song shows how people feel when people they've just gotten to know, leave them.
다들 그렇게들 떠나나요
이미 저 너머 멀리에 가있네
여기에는 아무도 안 올 테니
그냥 집으로 돌아갈래
Does everyone leave like that
Even though they're already so far away
Since no one will come back here
I just wanna go back home
02 / WING WING (위잉위잉)
Wing Wing is a hilariously sad song. Reflective of the weird restlessness and angst that I also feel as someone in my early 20's, the lyrics talk about how busy everyone else in the world seems while the protagonist feels displaced and an outcast. Wing Wing is an onamonapia, the sound of a fly or mosquito buzzing around. The familiar zone of feigned disinterest is where our singer chooses to linger as he rejects the busy world.
처량한 나를 비웃듯이 멀리 날아가죠
세상도 나를 비웃듯이 계속 꿈틀대죠
Winggg-Winggg, Even the fly
Seems to laugh at miserable me, flying far away
Spinning Spinning, The world turns
Even the world seems to laugh, twitching away
03 / PANDA BEAR
The Panda Bear is known to be one of the laziest and most unmotivated animals. Lead singer Oh-Hyuk is said to have written this song in 30 minutes after being unable to fall asleep one mellow night. Using the idea of an unmotivated panda as his motif, the song explores the everyday phenomenon of people pretending that they're not lonely. After listening to his other songs, I noticed that this one in particular didn't focus too much on his vocals but more about the atmospheric feel of it all. I think this runs true with the theme of a lazily sung song.
I'm the type of person without any greed
So don't do me any favors that I didn't ask for
Even if love might come looking for me again
I probably won't recognize it
난 욕심이없는 사람이야
그러니까 내게 호읠 베풀지마
언젠가 사랑이 찾아온대도
난 아마 알아채지도 못할꺼야
04 / THE ICON FEATURES HYUKOH
In my search to learn more about the band, I came across this interview gem. I love and obsess over individual behind-the-scene type features. So this was right up my alley. You can see how laidback and chill the boys are.