Love X Stereo, the electro-dance-rock duo of Annie Ko and Toby Hwang from Seoul in South Korea have regularly featured over the past couple of years.
Love X Stereo
It seemed to be time to give an overview of sound of Love X Stereo as they released their latest single Hide And Seek for streaming just over an hour ago. Tracks range from synth-wave dreaminess to harder edged rock driven numbers.
The duo utilise the flexibility of the electronics to generate the space they are aiming to explore, to which the distinctive vocal always captures the mood of the music as guitar delivers sympathetic balance and due to their breadth of travel it is always a refreshing surprise to discover their new pieces. Love X Stereo always provide the listener with a minty wash, that leaves you feeling better for having been showered in the sounds. Easy on the ears as it may be, the duo deliver far from anodyne music as the iterations always contain a twist or two of their unique style.
Established in the local scene, Love X Stereo can also be found performing across the international stage and if they happen to land near you, well worth taking the time to catch one of their shows, where a drummer regularly is added to the line-up.
Language Of Shapes based in Gangneung – South Korea is the psych-folk quartet of Tristram Burden (Vocals / Mandolin / Mandola / Octave Mandolin / Bouzouki / Guitar / French Horn), J.E. Seuk (Vocals / Mandolin / Mandola / Flute), Courtland Miles (Bass) and Bobby Goldberg (Djembe).
Language Of Shapes
Languages Of Shapes combine East, West, North and South to deliver sounds which fluently meld together in harmonic congruence which captivates the listener. The combinations of instruments gives the music an internationalism which passes through geo-political borders as the quartet provide the audience with a singularity of sound that is somehow equally instantly recognisable.
The slightly mournful reflections of Language Of Shapes allows the music to thread its way into the mind and soul as the intractable compositions leave as many questions as providing answers, which gives the sounds an even deeper mysticism.
Strings and percussion float spectrally around the head, whilst vocal blends a psychedelic temperature to the folk rock derived instrumentation. The quartet fuse the traditional with the modern to provide music which grows better the longer played.