The Monday Feeling is a band from South Korea that recently released their second album entitled Absolutely Clearly. They recently toured the US and started to gain a following. I have to admit I’m not sure sure what traditional South Korean music sounds like but Absolutely Clearly seems to have a lot of its roots in American rock and alternative music.
The music is fun, has tons of hooks and occasionally feels like arena rock where you could imagine twenty thousand people rocking out to. Things get going with “The Last Man Standing” which immediately introduces a good amount of no frills rock. The song has a lot of energy and infuses some bluesy lead guitar into the mix.
“Furious Wheel” has a good amount of Americana attached to it. The song shreds with killer lead guitar and a catchy verse and chorus. You could make a case that “Thea Thea” is the catchiest song. The vocals in particular stuck out to me on this song. I liked the cleaner guitars as well.
“Galatea” is a little more melancholy and could be an epic ballad or sorts while “Vagabond” goes into country territory with an acoustic guitar and a bit of attitude. Things get more intimate on “Here” during the verse but rocks out quite hard during the chorus.
“On Fire” is another single worthy song. “Smile Breaker” and “Sudden Rain” are solid songs but “Love Like A Breath” really got my attention because of the slower tempo, orchestral strings and vocal melody. “Village Sun ” contains some solid violin and the closer “Can I Be Yours (feat. Gantulga Khishigdurren)” is an acoustic ballad. There is also a Korean version of “On Fire.”
Absolutely Clearly is album that is grand in scope and vision. Take a listen.
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