Music I’m Listening To: Guten Birds

Album cover courtesy of Guten Birds
Album cover courtesy of Guten Birds

I had another band planned for October’s “Music I’m Listening To” article but that all changed as soon as I heard Guten Birds’ new album Things What May Happen On Your Planet. I haven’t stopped listening to it since it came out. In fact, I bought it on Bandcamp because I liked it so much that I couldn’t wait until it landed on iTunes or Google Play to buy it (the two places I’m more likely to buy music as both offer music in Canadian dollars). Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve bought music in American dollars – the joys of being a music lover – but I digress. This article isn’t about buying music – which you should really do, support the artists you like so they can make more music – it’s about the Guten Birds (구텐버즈) and their fabulous new album.

Why I’m listening to Guten Birds

Um, because they rock… literally. I started listening to them when I saw the video to “Swimming With Dolphins 돌고래와 헤엄치기” and I’ve been hooked ever since. Seeing them perform live a couple of times earlier this year at South by Southwest (SXSW) only solidified my love of their guitar-driven rock music. Their music is great online or on a CD but live… live, they are so much fun.

Plus I was lucky enough to chat with them at SXSW and they are absolutely lovely people, super friendly and nice. If you ever get the chance to see them perform, go for it! You won’t regret it.

Guten Birds
Guten Birds at SXSW 2016

Guten Birds

Guten Birds are a female alt-rock/rock trio with Coolluck Music (쿨럭뮤직). The band is comprised of  Mohho (모호) on guitar and vocals, Mui (무이) on drums, and Seo Hyeon (서현) on bass.

New album – Things What May Happen On Your Planet

This is such an amazing album that I fell in love with the Guten Birds all over again. Seriously, I’ve been listening to it a lot since it came out and there isn’t a bad song. When you buy an album on Bandcamp, it asks you to choose your favourite song (totally optional) on your fan page and I still haven’t picked one simply because I just can’t choose just one. So while I’m trying to choose my fav song, let’s talk about the album and why it rocks.

Things What May Happen On Your Planet is one of those albums that I just instantly liked. From the first song “Somewhere Anywhere” I was hooked by the strong instrumentals and each song seemed to pull me deeper into the album. Some of the songs are entirely instrumental (or at least mainly), while others have vocals but the connecting thread for me was the expression of the guitar throughout and how well the bass, drums, and vocals (when present) blended and strengthened it.

The songs on the album aren’t all the same but they work so well together that you won’t be able to stop listening, and like me, it will be hard to choose just one favourite. Of course, I keep trying but even after having it on repeat for ages, all I do is like the album more. The music grabs your attention and simply doesn’t let go.

That being said, there were a few songs that stood out more for various reasons. “Somewhere Anywhere” has such amazing instrumentals that you end up listening to the whole song before you realize there weren’t any vocals really. “Song of Waves” has a slightly gentler feel but is no less powerful. “Sailing Out” is a fun musical journey. “Kill Bill Or Melancholy Moon” is definitely a little melancholy but you’ll want to keep listening to understand the undertones. And “Rolling In The Air” is a great showcase of how well all the elements in Guten Birds work together.

See why it’s so hard to choose just one favourite?!

Track List

  • Somewhere Anywhere
  • Song of Waves
  • Throbbing Night
  • The Night Signal
  • Readiness
  • Sailing Out
  • Kill Bill Or Melancholy Moon
  • Wounded Walk
  • Rolling In The Air
  • Across The Black Tunnel

Currently the album is only available on Bandcamp but their older music is also available on iTunes and Google Play. And I can’t recommend enough how much I think you should check it out. Luckily Bandcamp lets you listen before you buy but I just know you’re going to love it so much that you’re going to buy it.^^

Just the facts: social media edition

Stay up-to-date with the Guten Birds about shows, new music and more via their various social media pages and of course, buy their music on Bandcamp or iTunes!

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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