South Korea – Hyukoh
Fans of either K-pop or indie will be no stranger to Hyukoh, the four-piece indie sensation that gained national notoriety with their debut EP 20 and quickly rose to mainstream success with the release of their second EP 22 and lauded title track “Comes and Goes”. Their colourful and individualistic oeuvre of soft-rock is often sprinkled with jazz, blues and soul influences. Combined with abrasive, melancholic lyrics and frontman Oh Hyuk’s soulful, silken tenor, Hyukoh’s sound is the perfect amalgamation of musical sophistication, raw beauty and youthful energy. With timeless masterpieces like “Tomboy”, shoegaze-inspired standouts like “Mer” and feel-good album openers like “Graduation”, it’s hardly a wonder why Hyukoh remains a fan-favourite.