Love X Stereo’s first full-length album [37A]
The long-awaited first full-length album of Love X Stereo has finally released. Bryan Hood, reporter for the New York Post (Page Six), who saw their performance at the world-renowned music festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2016, commented on the following day’s article as: “Love X Stereo is the band K-Pop Night Out was made for, an act that international listeners would be open to if they knew it existed.” The band has been recognized for its ability at leading festivals around the world, including North America and Asia, as well as being nominated for the 2017 Korean Music Award.
Starting with the synth-pop song “Maybe I,” the R&B title song “Dark and Light,” the drum-and-base style “Battle Wings,” and the alternative number “Parallel Universe” featuring saxophone performances by American musician DISQO VOLANTE, [37A] has a strong full-length album or playlist. This is because the album is part of their vast project , which began in January 2017. The project , which refuses to release a full-length album in the traditional way and releases 37 songs and music videos nonstop for fans for a year, is still underway. (Project link – http://patreon.com/lovexstereo)
Dark and Light
Bring Me Back to You
백색소음 White Noise
Like a Waterfall in the Sky
Rage Is Not Enough (Danja Mix)
37A isn’t a customary album in Love X Stereo’s discography. It’s a timeline marker. 37A in album form doesn’t have a tightly cohesive sound, but that’s what I enjoy about it the most. It’s a set of experimentation, exploration, and a journey as musicians.
It's neat. If you listen closely, you can feel the colors of various genres such as early house music, R&B, Postrock, and Synthpop, but it's not too much, so it's light overall. The color of the vocal, which fills the sound with synthesizers, electric guitars, drums, and saxophone to keep the texture of the song rich and sticks to it like a magnet, is perfect for representing the color of the group. They tied up the music they had been doing well.
Bring Me Back To You is our favorite track on 37A. The song itself builds off of the style forged initially by 1990s J-pop performers, all while having an EDM style that pushes the heavenly vocals that much further. Imagine a refreshed version of performers like Tiffany and Debbie Reynolds, and you’ll have a hint of what Love X Stereo is attempting to do here. The rapid tempo of the percussion here firmly grounds this single into the current EDM and house styles, making there something for everyone to appreciate.
Love X Stereo sound like: The kaleidoscopic prom band in an alternate-universe High School Musical. What’s so great about them? Love X Stereo are quite frankly and criminally underrated considering the quality of music that they make.