Warm Hello from the Sun
Atombook’s songs are simple. Beginning with the tonic triads, cozy melodies soon flow back to the tonic triads towards the end. All these “simple” structures seem very much like the impressions we get from the word “folk.” The songs expanded on acoustic guitar and the vocal sounds are also simple. And yet, the simplicities generate complex emotions. Maybe it’s because Atombook’s folk songs remind us of the void of our life that we’ve forgotten along the busy lifestyle. Atombook gently evokes our long lost feelings and asks, “Would you like to be my friend?”
A Peculiar Bird Flying in your Mind
If someone asks me to pick impressive indie albums in Korea, I would always go for [Barcode for Lunch] by Blood & Flower and [hello?] EP by Atombook. These artists showed up with the unique tunes, completely distinct form the “mainstream” of the indie music at the time, and the albums that fully reveal their tastes make me want to jam with them right away. Producing their music was from a purely personal wish as a fan.
Later on, I’ve had a chance to hear the demos of Atombook, and after listening to all the songs one by one, I carefully asked her, “I would like to arrange these songs if it is okay with you.” And we started recording at the studio in Mangwon.
I suggested 16 track lists from the demos, and we added desirable instrumental sounds over the demo recordings. Atombook’s Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar, her voice, and the melody/rhythm essential to the “void” have been all come together.
The recording started in the early summer, passed fall and finally was wrapped up in the winter. The sentiments melted in the songs also ripened…
Listen to Me Tonight
It was in 2002 that Atombook produced the first EP [hello?]. Performing mostly in Club Bbang, Atombook released the first album through Sundry Records. She drew the album covers herself, burned the CDs herself and released the EP, marking the “folk stream” in the indie scene, along with Witch Will and The Ass.
Atombook’s first studio album [warm hello from the sun] also includes folk songs that are somewhat close to indie pop. The songs like “warm hello from the sun,” “every place is your playground” are folk songs reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, and the “comedian,” “weird birds are flying in your mind,” “bye bye bye (why did I attempt suicide with a toy gun2)” put together innocent outlook of folk and calmness of the inner side. The song “sugar coated wings,” contains rhythms of girl-group music; “let me go away” has shuffle rhythms of folk-country; and “ice cream” with straight indie-rock add interesting diversity to the track lists.
As soon as you listen to Atombook’s first studio album [warm hello from the sun] you will feel the “warm melancholy.” I believe it’s because the songs embody the “moments” that everybody has but are so easy to overlook. (plastic people, mynci)
2002 EP [hello?] Sundry Records
2007 1st Studio Album [warm hello from the sun] Electric Muse
all written, arranged & performed by atombook
(except: electric guitar solo on “sugar-coated wings” arranged by sp & miong, performed by miong/ electric guitar on “giggle bee” arranged by 3b & miong, performed by miong/ percussions on “sugar-coated wings”, “warm hello from the sun” arranged by mina & mynci, performed by mina)
album coordinated & produced by mynci
recorded & mixed by mynci
additional recordings by atombook
mastered by kim mino
photos by choi jino
artworks by miong & shin