Mini Review: “Total Reflection” by Eastern Sidekick

Image courtesy of Eastern Sidekick and Fluxus Music
Image courtesy of Eastern Sidekick and Fluxus Music

It’s been a while since I did an album review but when I was sent the press release for Eastern Sidekick’s new album, I knew it was time. Of course it helps that I’m a fan of rock music but this is a good album and one that I think you should give a listen. Luckily, it’s easy to as all you have to do is head on over to Bandcamp, just don’t forget to buy it if you like it!

The album was released a couple of days ago (on October 29th) as was the music video for their title track “Digger” (see below). Go on, you know you want to check it out.

The Review

After listening to the album a couple of times, there were a few songs that really stood out for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the entire album but “Teeth and Sweat”, “Dirty Weather”, “88” and “Sea and Room” are songs that will stay on my playlist for a while. They were songs that even on the first listen, I enjoyed and with each time I heard them, I liked them more. Interestingly, for me anyways, “Digger” – the song in the music video above – was the one song that I didn’t like as much at first but it grew on me.

“Dirty Weather” was the first song that jumped out to me and said ‘play me again, you know you want to’ (yep, songs sometimes talk to me). There is just something about the delivery of Juhwan Oh’s (오주환) vocals that grabs your attention in this song. Or at least it did to me.

“Teeth and Sweat” is my favourite song on the album and one I could listen to on repeat for a while. It’s one of those songs that just pumps you up. Everything about it just gets me going.

“88” is a little slower and a nice showcase of Juhwan Oh’s vocals.

“Sea and Room” had fabulous instrumentals. Okay, all the songs had a nice balance of powerful vocals and instrumentals but in this song, the instrumentals seemed to take center stage.

Of course, there are plenty more songs as the album has 10 but those were the ones that really stood out for me. If you’re in the mood for a solid rock album, give Total Reflection a listen. The two years since Eastern Sidekick’s last release was certainly put to good use. Just listening to it brought back memories of their great performance at South by Southwest earlier this year (click the link if you want to know more). Plus, it’s an album with some interesting song titles (hey, as a writer, words and titles stand out to me).

Album artwork courtesy of Eastern Sidekick and Fluxus Music
Album artwork courtesy of Eastern Sidekick and Fluxus Music

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Final Thoughts

Total Reflection is a solid album that rock fans are going to enjoy. From the fast-paced “Business Man” to the slower “Total Reflection” (the song, not the album), it’s an album that I’m sure will earn Eastern Sidekick some new listeners.

Have you listened to Eastern Sidekick’s new album? Which is your favourite song?

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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