Epik High - Lovescream
YesAsia Editorial Description
Known as a trendsetter in the industry, Epik High, which led the first movement of electronic music into the mainstream K-pop through hits like "Peaceful Day" and Fly (featured in their 2nd and 3rd albums respectively), once again goes against the current trend – instead, bringing back the aura of classical tunes in their own unique style. And as always, all of the featured tracks are written and produced by members of Epik High, along with the album's cover design.
|Product Title:||Epik High - Lovescream Epik High - Lovescream Epik High - Lovescream Epik High - Lovescream 에픽 하이 소품집 - Lovescream|
|Singer Name(s):||Epik High Epik High Epik High Epik High （エピック・ハイ） 에픽 하이|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1012003980|
Product Information / Track List
02 . fallin' (Feat. 조예진of 루싸이트 토끼)
03 . harajuku days
04 . 습관 (Feat. 하동균)
05 . 쉿
06 . 1분 1초 (Feat. 타루)
07 . 1825 (paper cranes)
지난 4월, 5집 [Pieces, Part One]으로 상반기 가요계의 온,오프라인 차트 정상을 석권하고 평론가들의 끊임없는 호평을 얻으며 정상의 위치를 재확인한 에픽하이가 올 가을 새로운 앨범으로 찾아왔다. 사랑에 빠져 있는, 사랑을 하고 싶은, 그리고 사랑을 잃어버린 모든 이들을 위한 음악 선물 [LOVESCREAM]. 5집이 자살, 소외, 정치적 부패 등 다소 무거운 내용들을 파격적인 사운드로 표현한 반면, 이번 앨범은 ‘사랑’이란 테마 속의 일상적인 이야기들을 따뜻한 클래식 사운드로 표현한다. 일렉트로닉 음악이 난무하는 현 시점에서 에픽하이의 이번 작품은 클래식 악기들과 lo-fi 소리들로 만들어진 따뜻한 아날로그 음악을 담고 있는데 사실, 에픽하이는 2집 ‘평화의 날’이나 3집 ‘Fly’, ‘Paris’ 등으로 일렉트로닉 음악을 국내 트렌드에 앞서 시도한 바 있다. [LOVESCREAM]은 그래서 더더욱 의미있는 선택이며 단순히 트렌디한 음악이 아닌, ‘사람들이 만든, 사람들을 위한 음악’이라고 말할 수 있는 것이다. 역시나 전곡을 멤버들이 작사,작곡,편곡하고 재킷과 내용물까지 직접 디렉트한 정성과 애정이 돋보이는 앨범 [LOVESCREAM]은 세상 모든 연인들을 위한 최고의 가을 선물이 될 것이다.
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October 16, 2008
The poets and poster boys of Korean hip-hop, Epik High seems to have mastered the game when it comes to maintaining both mainstream appeal and underground credibility. Considering the group's album sales, chart-topping hits, screaming teen fanbase, and television exposure, Epik High has long reached pop idol-level fame, only without the pop idol stigma. Even while making the variety show rounds and rolling out perfectly produced tracks for the Mnet generation, the group still manages to be convincingly hard, if not exactly hardcore, and more than willing to court controversy with outspoken lyrics. Ultimately, the secret to Epik High's dual success comes down simply to their ability to deliver quality music with every release.
Despite Tablo's recent penchant for threatening to quit, Epik High stays present and productive with their second release of the year, the mini album Lovescream. In case the very pastel cover isn't already a tip-off, Lovescream is a comparatively softer release revolving around the theme of "love", but the "scream" part of the story ensures things never get quiet. Relying less on electronic programming and more on piano and strings accompaniment, Lovescream pitches a cleaner and clearer sound overall than Epik High's last few releases.
Somewhat similar to Be from Pieces, Part One in terms of its dramatic mood-setting role, opening track butterfly effect from Tablo lays down strong beats and English rhymes, but the rap portion of the song is actually fairly brief. The strength of the track is in the atmospheric music and programming, from the moody keyboard and bass interlude to the pulsating heartbeat to the analog fadeout.
Exactly the kind of song that has endeared Epik High to mainstream listeners, fallin' layers strong beats, fast rap, and a too-catchy repeating refrain over classical piano and strings accompaniment. Lucite Rabbit's Jo Ye Jin both softens and strengthens the song with her childlike backing vocals on the refrain. If you're looking for the signature Epik High hit, then it'd have to be "1 Minute, 1 Second" (Track 5) which jumps from the sound of piano and ocean waves into a perfectly pop layered refrain featuring Taru. Interestingly, the song then steps on the brakes, and slows back down to piano and free-flow conversational rap, setting an effective contrast and bridge between the verse and refrain sections. In another great collaboration, Ha Dong Kyun pitches in on "Habits" (Track 5), weaving his husky lilting voice around Epik High's steady mid-beat rap. Lovescream floats to a whispering end with the short and moody rap number 1825 (paper cranes).
Customer Review of "Epik High - Lovescream "
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March 7, 2012
This was my 2nd Epik High purchase after the epic album that was Pieces, Part One, and it is almost as amazing. I only say almost because it's less than half of long, unfair really since it's an EP. But whatever!
Every song is a complex, layered tribute to - guess what? Love and relationships, duh. As an album by a hip-hop group seemingly in their shoegazey electronic phase you don't get much surprises, but there is still plenty enough variety to go around. And it doesn't matter anyway, because the songs are excellent.
"Butterfly Effect" starts it off with soft synth pads, echoey breaths and subdued percussion. Tablo soon breaks out into a short English rap (sounding bitter and jaded as usual) before a simple piano line and synth melody takes it to the end. Pretty, pretty song.
And the next one is even prettier! Lovely strings, subdued piano, Mithra Jin and Tablo trading verses full of imagery, and the incredibly sweet-voiced Jo Yejin (of Lucite Tokki) singing the chorus and the particularly beautiful bridge. "Fallin'" is easily up there with my most favourite songs.
"Harajuku Days" is a short instrumental break that continues the mood, just piano drums bass and some humming, before "습관" starts. Featuring Ha Dong Kyun from Wanted, the song blends his vocals (very soulful) with a laidback arrangement, which again is anchored by a simple piano melody. Very piano-driven, this EP.
Next up is another instrumental piece, "쉿". Which is 'shh', really. Fits the song - quiet, moody, and to the point. Two minutes of reflection later, you're at the centrepiece of this EP, the brilliant "1분 1초". The song is an elegant cry of despair of sorts, a song about not being able to forget and let go. The two rappers do a great job alternating between softer more introspective verses and harder-hitting lines, but all their efforts are outshined by Taru (my favourite singer!!!) and her clear, angelic vocals in the chorus and finale. Simply put, this song is a distillation of what Epik High can do so well, combining simple but hooky melodies, vivid but relatable lyrics, and fantastic delivery from everyone.
"1825 (Paper Cranes)" closes it off nicely with Mithra Jin rapping over piano, and that's it. Short, but brilliant, that's what this EP is. Buy this now. Also, use good headphones. They make SUCH a difference.
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November 2, 2008
A Love Novel!
I ordered this CD a while ago and it is totally worth the wait. There are only seven tracks in this CD and they read like a novel. I don't understand Korean, but luckily half the Lyrics are in English. By conjecture and guessing, I think that this CD conveys someone in love despair and still carries hope. My favorite tracks are the beginning track, Butterfly Effect and Track 4. I think that Epik High is literally talented as they are musically. They write lyrics that has depth. In Butterfly Effect, the English lyrics is short but philosophical written. It rhymed nicely and at the same time describing the dilapidated human conditions.
Musically, Butterfly Effect gives off a mystical and atmospheric beginning like some of Gackt's music with the adding of very soft human breathing sounds. I also like the ending which is totally music. When emotional suffering in love, there is no one better than Ha Dong Kyung, one of my top favorite singers to sing the jazzy part in Track 4. He is not perfect, but close. Listen to the fusion of jazzy and hip-hop. It's amazing!
I think Epik High spent a lot of effort on this CD. I like to compliment the designer and photographer as well because their art works are excellent.
You should explore this CD yourself because I haven't described the other tracks yet. I can tell you that Tracks 2, 3 & 7 are 4 stars and Track 6 is a three stars. So, go find out! I wish continuing success to Epik High!:)
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October 8, 2008
I bought Mirotic and Lovescream at the same time. I have to say that both albums are phenomenal.
Epik High really knows how to grasp their audience and give them a quality time with their music. The opening some was extremely moving and made me move with the piano. My favorite song was the sixth track. Really, all of Epik High's hits have a female singing in the background. I enjoyed this pleasant album.
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October 2, 2008
Epik High is one of those groups that NEVER seems to disappoint me. This album is no exception. Whenever anything of theirs is released, I do not hesitate to buy it. The music is simply amazing. "1 Minute, 1 Second" is a masterpiece and the MV is amazing. I recommend people to watch it.
This single seems to portray the artistic side of Epik High within a mere seven songs. As a Graphic Design Major (Artist), this album inspires me and I listen to it while I create charcoal and pencil drawings outside. I look at the world differently with this album playing.
I recommend this to any Epik High fan or any poets, artists, or musicians. This single is an inspiration.
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September 30, 2008
|Ok, I take that back: Apparently there IS a booklet included? Only I don't see it written on YA...I'm preordering, so I guess I can only hope for the best..|