Two women from South Korea making music their own way
December 15, 2014 3:45 PM   Subscribe

무키무키만만수 (Mukimukimanmansu) is a South Korean indie band that's gone mildly viral thanks to a thirty second clip from a television performance of their song Andromeda. The acoustic guitar and janggu drum duo released their first album 2012 in the eponymous year, and they played other songs off that album on television, which have been gathered into a handy playlist by YouTube user HachikoTanuki. Here are a few other videos: Studio versions of 내가 고백을 하면 깜짝 놀랄거야, 2008년 석관동, 너의 선물; television performances of 방화범 (with guests) and 투쟁과 다이어트; music video maker Vio Kim has recorded them many times, including up close at a concert last year (1, 2, 3, 4, 5); here they are performing with a jazz band earlier this year. And finally, here are demos they made in 2011.
posted by Kattullus (19 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
 
They remind me a bit of The Monks, which for me is high praise.
posted by Kattullus at 3:46 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Kattullus.
posted by nangar at 4:19 PM on December 15, 2014


In the thirty-second clip, the word that they are repeating is 벌레, which means bug or insect.
posted by tickingclock at 4:29 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


I thought they were shouting 빨리 (quickly), which was really stressing me out.
posted by cazoo at 4:36 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks, tickingclock, but even explaining what they were shouting in the thirty-second clip didn't help me appreciate it much. The jazz band link, though, was pretty cool.
posted by grimjeer at 4:42 PM on December 15, 2014


신기해!
posted by meows at 4:58 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


That 30 second clip brings to mind the name of my own first album "A lot like noise." But I was just being modest and ironic.
posted by cccorlew at 5:14 PM on December 15, 2014


Don't watch the 30-second clip. Watch the actual song instead in the Andromeda link.
posted by I-baLL at 5:18 PM on December 15, 2014 [9 favorites]


KILIMANJARO
posted by I-baLL at 5:18 PM on December 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I baLL, the Andromeda link is really good.
I agree it reminds me of garage rock, with a genre hopping 2010s gloss.
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:37 PM on December 15, 2014


> In the thirty-second clip, the word that they are repeating is 벌레, which means bug or insect.

The television network helpfully provided song lyrics in the lower left corner so fans can sing along at home!
posted by ardgedee at 5:41 PM on December 15, 2014


Wow. These ladies have the daffy nihilism of early They Might Be Giants and the nth-wave garage licks of the White Stripes, with a little dash of Boredoms noise thrown in, but their music stands up to some surprisingly versatile treatments in these links. Color me intrigued. (I laughed when the girl in the front row nodded gratefully at receiving the pre-chewed chunk of janggu drum in this one.)
posted by mykescipark at 7:18 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Playlist of the Mukimukimanmansu Remix Contest winners. Judges included Mukimukimanmansu and the head of Beatball Records, Mukimukimanmansu's label. A remix of Andromeda won the "Audience Favorite" award.
posted by needled at 7:42 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Don't watch the 30-second clip. Watch the actual song instead...

Both short and long clips display exactly what Yoko Ono was doing long long ago. (No need asking Yoko 'Lennon or McCartney?')
posted by LeLiLo at 10:24 PM on December 15, 2014


I went to see them play a year or two ago when I was living in Seoul and there live show blew the audience away. I was totally obsessed with them for a while but the Korean gf thought I was crazy for being so into them.
posted by pugg at 2:20 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Also I was reading mefi on my phone as I was falling asleep and seeing 무키무키만만수 mentioned on the blue has gotten me too pumped and is keeping me awake.
posted by pugg at 2:24 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


See, now you're cooking with gas.
This is definitely one for the kids.
posted by From Bklyn at 5:45 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's funny the links we can hear. That 30 second clip reminds me so, so much of Nitin Sawnhey's "The Conference" from back in the late 90s.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 12:44 PM on December 16, 2014


> They remind me a bit of The Monks
Have you heard Ye Nuns (‘the world’s premier all-grrrl Monks tribute act’) by any chance?

posted by misteraitch at 1:28 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


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