is a very new, easy to find art house venue just down the hill from exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station in Seoul. Only in its third week of shows, the smell of fresh paint still hangs in the air. It’s not a large place, but is good for intimate gigs. It’s the type of place that has an idea box, eclectic, looped video clips projected on a sheet, and glow sticks given out with each drink. There’s a sense of newness as you arrive but it seems to wear off as the night progresses, making me think the venue has potential to grow. I’m very interested in visiting for future shows to see the “vibrant Korean art and music scene”, a description stated on Powwow’s promotional literature, prosper here.
Kite Flying Robot opened the night with some electro, glam, darkpop anthems. I really liked their sound and could hear the influence of NES theme songs in their music. Kite Flying Robot are relatively new to Seoul, but I’d definitely keep my eyes out for more of their shows. You can find their album “Solid Gold” on their bandcamp page, or get one at the next show.
Kirin, a Korean style hip-hop trio, performed a uniquely choreographed set as a segue to Beatculture, and perhaps to cement the Powwow “caldron of creativity” persona.
Once Sunik Kim, a.k.a. Beat Culture, started his set there was a definite mood shift, with all the focus on this 17-year old. It’s hard to imagine that at such a young age an artist can command this kind of attention, but with tight, well-controlled timing it’s easy to understand why AND I still can’t stop listening. With no stone left unturned when it comes to genre, the only expectation you should have about his music is that you’re likely to hear a little of everything – from the sound of rain drops to The Beach Boys mixed with Tupac. There was even a very crowd-pleasing “Gangnam Style” snippet.
Which brings me to my only point of criticism; there didn’t seem to be a lot of initial crowd interaction, which I attribute to the distance between the artist and the spectator, as well as Beat Culture’s lack of live shows so far. However, I suspect that this will wane greatly with experience as you could feel the energy slowly build as the show evolved. I’d encourage anyone interested in getting in on the ground floor of the experimental pop version of Girl Talk to check out Beat Culture on SoundCloud and to look out for his first real album, coming out on October 11th.
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