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September 19, 2013 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Bluedawn (푸른새벽) were a South Korean dreampop band characterized by soaring ethereal vocals, dreamy acoustic melancholy, quietly quixotic melody and softly cascading walls of sound in the vein of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval.

Led by songwriting duo Dawn (Han Hui-Jeong; 한희정) and Sorrow (Jeong Sang-Hun; 정상훈), the band released two albums (2003's Bluedawn and 2006's When Spring Comes) and one combined double EP (2005's Submarine Sickness & Waveless) before disbanding in late 2006. In 2012 the duo briefly reunited for a Christmas album, Blue Christmas.

Both artists continue to release solo material. The Invisible Fish (투명물고기), Jeong Sang-Hun's solo project, further develops the band's quiet crescendos and wall of sound into haunting acoustic/ambient/post-rock pieces. Han Hui-Jeong's 2008 album Your Document (너의 다큐멘트) refines the group's signature soft, wistful optimism and romantic late night melancholy into gently heartbreaking hymns full of what-could-have-beens.

Songs and videos that appear in this post (and more!)
As Bluedawn:
Tabula Rasa
Paper Doll
Twenty (video)
Twenty (live)
Luka (Suzanne Vega cover)
Last Arpeggios

As The Invisible Fish:
Asphalt Flower

As Han Hui-Jeong:
The Day We Met for the First Time (alternate version)
Melody Remains
Take Care of This Song
posted by byanyothername (8 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
(I was just listening to the new Mazzy Star album today... streaming at pitchfork!)
posted by kaibutsu at 1:12 PM on September 19, 2013

Great post. Korea seems like an interesting country, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from Korean culture in the coming years.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:32 PM on September 19, 2013

Thanks for posting this... there's great stuff in there!

(Just got my tix for Mazzy Star in LA in October. Can't wait!)
posted by Hairy Lobster at 1:38 PM on September 19, 2013

I've always liked Mazzy Star like any right-thinking American, but I honestly might enjoy this even more. Thank you thank you thank you for this.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:43 PM on September 19, 2013

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for posting.
posted by afx237vi at 2:07 PM on September 19, 2013

Oh boy!

*hunkers down for an evening of listening*
posted by BlueHorse at 5:08 PM on September 19, 2013

Are we trading off now? I guess it's my turn to introduce an ethereal East Asian group... :)
posted by jiawen at 8:52 PM on September 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Your move, jiawen! :p
posted by byanyothername at 10:20 AM on September 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

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