K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Straw

Track: Straw | Artist: EZ Kim | Album: Straw (single)
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Let’s balance out yesterday’s intensely saccharine, one-dimensional pick with something from the opposite end of the spectrum. Straw’s music video is unsettling, thought-provoking, and defies simple explanation.


I recommend listening to Straw twice; once accompanied by the video, and once without. The song itself starts out on an upbeat note (I couldn’t help but be reminded of a bright spring day, or a slightly nippy winter morning), but slowly starts to transition into something a bit more melancholy.

I don’t know a whole lot about EZ Kim (not to be confused with Kim E-Z from Baby V.O.X), and there aren’t a lot of resources out there for the casual Korean indie listener. She’s part of a two-person act called Ggotjam Project, and has participated in a number of TV drama soundtracks over the years, including a duet with Roy Kim for 2016's Goblin:

One more thing I chanced upon was a wonderful collaboration with Choi Jae Man, a former Urban Zakapa member. The wonderfully chill, nearly ethereal Glow is almost worth a post in itself:

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Oh man can we please have throwback day with Baby V.O.X and go over the garbage that was their last major release? “Xcstasy” was a HOT MESS. So was the “Play Remix”, actually, especially in English.

Also, I’m surprised that someone else can be “Kim EZ/EZ Kim”, but I guess BBV EZ hasn’t done anything in a while.

And I’m also surprised that Urban Zakapa had ex-members.

I’m clearly out of the loop with anything outside of the bubblegum/teen K-pop area.