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small o - Landscape of a Circular Railway MV

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small o - That Will Fall MV

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REVIEW: hellokpop » 스몰오 (small o) : That Will Fall

That will fall can be an electrifying album. Note the qualifier; this EP is really as good as you allow it to be.small o professes to pursue post-folk, and there’s a heavy psychedelic tint to the band’s style. Eastern Sidekick vocalist Oh Joo-hwan is joined by a harmonic chorus almost as often as not, and imagery of nature abound in both lyrics and sound. Most tracks offer a very visceral pleasure that arises from small o’s rhythmic, repetitive use of lyrics. 까마귀 (Magi) is a potent combination of these, featuring an exotic melody with enchanting chords and chaotically mounting tension. Now, some of this falls apart on closer inspection. 코끼리 (Elephant) diminishes in impact once the novelty of the three-act structure wears off, and although the sound-effect garnish and decorative language of lead single That will fall are lovely, neither the message nor the melody are especially compelling. The surreality enveloping That will fall (the album) is of essence; if you are willing to overlook the sometimes contrived lyrics and sound that hold up that surreality, this really is – can be, rather – a great album.

Please note: All comments are opinions of the original author and not expressly those of fyfluxus.

REVIEW: koreanindie » 스몰오 (small o) : That Will Fall

Containing three members of Eastern Sidekicksmall o is a tangent from the recognized sound of the other band. While Eastern Sidekick is more straight forward rock, small o is like a step back. That Will Fall is more melodic and uses slower tempos.

The release isn’t a total departure from rock music with a more indie rock presentation. Even when the drum kit on “Fisher and Another Father” is using the crash cymbal through the verses, it still maintains a light sound. Guitars and vocals play a big part of the sound of the band.

Song progression on That Will Fall is a slow change in what might be expected with the Eastern Sidekick members and later songs move away from the first track. The namesake song is slightly folk with acoustic and electric guitar creating to layers of melody and the vocals singing along in almost half-time. It’s an upbeat song that appears to enjoy every second that it plays.

small o’s combination of members don’t mean much as Eastern Sidekick’s style doesn’t make an appearance and for the better. The band’s sound is a perfect mixture of indie and folk rock. If you didn’t know Eastern Sidekick members were a part, you wouldn’t miss anything.

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Small O MV filming
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Small O MV filming

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Eastern Sidekick (이스턴 사이드킥) - 흥겨운 노래 (The Exciting Song)

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Eastern Sidekick was chosen “2012 Rising indie music scene star” by Daum Music!

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Eastern Sidekick @ November’s d’light stage
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Eastern Sidekick @ November’s d’light stage

Go Han Gyul in NYLON’s November issue
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Go Han Gyul in NYLON’s November issue

Eastern Sidekick’s interview in F.OUND November issue
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Eastern Sidekick’s interview in F.OUND November issue