Looking at the atmospheric, somber sound of Twomyung.
Seoul-based two piece TwoMyung have been releasing music since 2010. Since then they’ve seen their sound change and develop several times. From gentle piano pop to an intensely brooding electronica to a sweeping, classical style, this band are constantly evolving. Ahead of the release of their new album, we look back at their work so far.
Twomyung means transparent in Korean but that’s not a fair description of their sound. Their deeply rich style of electronic music is textured in a way that makes seeing through it quite tricky. The broody, dark atmosphere of their recent EP Between..2 conjures murky elusive pictures more than transparency.
The 5-track EP draws heavily on the bands love of Bjork, powerful and emotive while being bold in it’s unorthodox style. There’s more than a splash of Massive Attack’s style of somber production on tracks like Broken and Cat on Window Sill. There’s even a few nods to a Nine Inch Nails-esque industrial sound, particularly on standout track Run Run Run.
This is a far cry from the delicate and relaxed pop sound on their 2015’s With… EP. Here, the Twomyung exhibit a softer, more accessible style and produce a collection of nice songs.
What’s interesting about these two different styles is that they’re not part of a consistent development from one sound to another. Their first EP Between.. belongs to the same electronic sound as their more recent work. When Twomyung change styles, it’s not part of a linear progression. Instead, it’s about an incredibly gifted pair of musicians making what they feel represents them at that time, whatever that is.
One potent example of this is on the absolutely beautiful 2014’s song Way of the Light. This track is a collaborative effort with Siwa on vocals and an excellent sand art video by Choi Eun Young. Way of the Light has more of a classical sound and really demonstrates the level of sophisticated musicality at work in Twomyung’s sound. The track sounds like Takk-era Sigur Ros and has the same emotional impact.
The band are well known for their artistic live performances which mix Twomyung’s clever music with bassist K. Jun Min’s beautiful visuals.
Recently, Twomyung released the track The Good Song. An appropriate title for a typically rich and intimate sounding offering. This will feature on the new album which will be out soon.
For fans of Massive Attack, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, FKA Twigs.
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