Jive Monkey Playlist: 3/30/15

There are a lot of great bands out there and it’s no secret that I’ve been into a number of indie releases lately.  Two such artists are Stray and Romantic City.  As you might expect the songs that are featured below are love songs but if you read the lyrics alone it may not sound like your typical love song.  Combined with their sweet melodies, it’s easy to see why these bands would be swoonworthy.

Stray (or The Stray) is a new band for me but they released their full-length studio album earlier this month.  While I could only feature one song below, I recommend listening to their whole album.  With their modern rock-pop sound, they are very easy to listen to and they remind me a lot of Daybreak.  Although I will say that Daybreak’s music has veered towards a electronic lounge pop sound lately.

This five-man band is made up of Leader/Guitarist Moon Young Joon, Keyboardist Im Jae Wook, Bassist Jang Hyung Jin, Drummer Choi Hyo Suk and Vocalist Lee Jung Hwan.  Moon Young Joon writes all the songs and arranges them but I like that this doesn’t stop them from doing covers of popular music.  I especially liked their cover of Girl’s Day’s “Something” below.  It sounds totally different from the original version as it doesn’t have that flavor of female coyness.  It’s sexy in a manly way.

As for today’s feature song, it’s “그대는 없는데 (There Will Never Be Another You)” which is the first single they released last year.  With it’s medium tempo R&B sound, it has the makings of a Spring-y love song.

스트레이 (The Stray) – 그대는 없는데 (There Will Never Be Another You)

그대는 없는데

오늘 같은 밤은 또 있겠죠
새로운 사람과 함께겠죠
하지만 그대는 없는데

그대와 걷던 이 길에 서서
다른 입술과 입맞추겠죠
하지만 그대는 없는데

시간이 흘러 그대를 잊으면
멈춰버린 내 심장을 다시 한 번
뛰게 해줄 다른 사람도 있겠죠
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

다른 노랠 부르고
또 다시 봄이 오겠지만
There’ll never be another you

그대가 좋아하던 와인을
다른 사람과 나눌 수 있겠죠
하지만 그대는 없는데

시간이 흘러 그대를 잊으면
멈춰버린 내 심장을 다시 한 번
뛰게 해줄 다른 사람도 있겠죠
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

다른 노랠 부르고
또 다시 봄이 오겠지만
There’ll never be another you

시간이 흘러 그대를 잊으면
멈춰버린 내 심장을 다시 한 번
뛰게 해줄 다른 사람도 있겠죠
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

다른 노랠 부르고
또 다시 봄이 오겠지만
There’ll never be another you

There will be
other moments for a kiss
But they won’t thrill me
if ain’t for you
Yes 수없이 많은 꿈들
이뤄질 순 없죠
그대와 함께가 아니라면

There will never be another you

There Will Never Be Another You

There might be another night like this
Probably with a new person
But you’re not here

Standing on the street we once walked
Will probably kiss another’s lips
But you’re not here

As time passes, if I forget you
To make my stopped heart beat once more
There’ll probably be someone else
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

To sing another song
The Spring will come again but
There’ll never be another you

The wine that you liked
I could probably share with another person
But you’re not here

As time passes, if I forget you
To make my stopped heart beat once more
There’ll probably be someone else
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

To sing another song
The Spring will come again but
There’ll never be another you

As time passes, if I forget you
To make my stopped heart beat once more
There’ll probably be someone else
But there’s just one love in my life

Cuz that I know
There will be
other parties just like this
I’ll be dancing here
with someone new

To sing another song
The Spring will come again but
There’ll never be another you

There will be
other moments for a kiss
But they won’t thrill me
if ain’t for you
Yes, many countless dreams
Won’t be able to come true
If it’s not with you

There will never be another you

_____________________________________________________

Romantic City is another artist that’s new to my ears even though he’s been putting out albums since 2010 but it looks like the group has reorganized into a solo artist since they’ve debuted.  Their latest single is called “연애하고 싶어 (I Want to Date)”.  There’s something about Korean culture where you feel pressured to paired up with someone by the time you’re 30.  In some ways, the song sounds very pathetic as it sounds like he just wants to be paired up with someone who is nice and pretty to make all the other people around him jealous.  I understand the honesty of the song but I wished he would delve into what he could offer in the relationship as his whining doesn’t make him sound very attractive.

That is, until I saw the video below.  I doubt this is the official video but if it is, this gives the song a whole new amusing vibe and I can’t help but laugh at the humor of it all.  I mean, look at that cat below and I dare you to tell me that that doesn’t change the entire vibe of the song.  Still, the melody and the singing is pretty sweet so even without the lyrics, it’s worth a listen.

로맨틱시티(Romantic City) – 연애하고 싶어 (With 진대호)

연애하고 싶어 (With 진대호)

언젠가부터 난 주말이 오는것이
조금 두려워
주위사람들은 모두 다
여자 친굴 만나고
가벼운 약속도 하나도 없는 내 휴일
연앨 안하고 있다했는데
그냥 못하는 거야
나도 몰래 외롭다는 말을 내뱉어대
지나가는 고양이도 짝이 있는데
술에 취해서 밤새 통화하고 싶지만
걸고 싶어도 걸 사람이 없어

이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
예쁜여자 만나서
그 어떤 누가 봐도 날
부럽게 느끼게
이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
착한 여자 만나서
하루종일 그녀
눈동자만 쳐다보면서

거릴지나가다
다투고 있는 연인 들을 보면
누군가에게 진심으로
화 내본게 언젠지
이런게 가끔은
부러운 요즘 내 모습
연앨 안하고 있다했는데
그냥 못하는 거야
나도 이제 극장가면 티켓 두장살래
알고있는 맛집들도 많이 있는데
소주 한잔을 마시면서 같이 웃어줄
그런 사람을 꼭 만나고 싶어

이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
예쁜여자 만나서
그 어떤 누가 봐도 날
부럽게 느끼게
이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
착한 여자 만나서
하루종일 그녀
눈동자만 쳐다보면서

외로움을 달래 보려고 yeah
동네 동생 만나봤지만 걔는
아무리 봄이라도
걔는 아닌거 같아
외로워도 그건 아닌거야

이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
예쁜여자 만나서
그 어떤 누가 봐도 날
부럽게 느끼게
이제 나도 연애하고 싶어
착한 여자 만나서
하루종일 그녀
눈동자만 쳐다보면서

I Want to Date (With Jin Dae Ho)

Some time ago, the coming weekend
Made me a little worried
All the people around me
Met their girlfriends
No casual meeting on my day off
Said I was not dating
But it’s just that I can’t
Without knowing, I let slip that I was lonely
The passing cat even has its mate
Want to talk drunk all night on the phone
Want to call but have no one to dial

Now I want to date, too
Meet a pretty woman
More than anyone else
Would make them envious
Now I want to date, too
Meet a nice woman
Every day,
Staring into her eyes

While walking on the street,
If I see a fighting couple
When did I really
Get mad at someone last?
Sometimes this
Makes me feel jealous these days
Said I was not dating
But it’s just that I can’t
Now when I go to the theater, I want to buy two tickets
There are a lot of famous restaurants I know
Drinking soju and laughing with me
That’s the person I really want to meet

Now I want to date, too
Meet a pretty woman
More than anyone else
Would make them envious
Now I want to date, too
Meet a nice woman
Every day,
Staring into her eyes

Want to comfort my loneliness, yeah
Met with a neighborhood younger sister but she
Even though it’s Spring
She’s not it
Even if I’m lonely, that’s not right

Now I want to date, too
Meet a pretty woman
More than anyone else
Would make them envious
Now I want to date, too
Meet a nice woman
Every day,
Staring into her eyes

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