SXSW Review: Jambinai, Dasom Baek

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SXSW Online 2021 is unlike any edition of the festival that has ever gone before and fittingly, my start to SXSW Online was also a little out of the ordinary.

While I’d normally start off the festival by arriving in Austin, getting the lay of the land, maybe grabbing a Shiner Bock or a Lone Star and then heading off to the nearest venue, this year all I needed was just the click of a mouse to start things off. And thanks to the folks at the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation, I got things off to a good start with two short but sweet sets from Dasom Baek and Jambinai.

Starting the showcase off was Dasom Baek, whose unique sound brought together traditional Korean instruments, loops, and literally the sound of water in a bowl to produce something that was beautiful and at times almost hypnotic.

The shift in tone from the simple beauty of Dasom Baek’s performance to the much denser sonics of Jambinai was not an insignificant one, though their sounds were also complimentary and Jambinai’s set was just as beautiful in its own way. And also heavy. Oh so heavy. The band’s heavy post-rock sounds, inspired by traditional Korean music and played on a mix of standard rock band setup and traditional instruments were definitely a strong way to kick off the festivities for the afternoon.

As I’ve already mentioned, this year’s fully online edition of the festival is uncharted territory for SXSW and while there are benefits to this format (everything starts on time, solid sound mix, and the pro-shot videos mean every seat is the best seat in the house), one obvious drawback is the limitation of having all of the music sets condensed into a shorter time window, which leaves an act like Jambinai, prone to epic-sounding, sprawling compositions, at a little bit of a disadvantage. Whereas in normal SouthBy times, the band would be playing multiple sets a day to enthusiastic crowds, here they only had one shot that I don’t think even lasted 15 minutes. Still, they definitely made the most of the window of time they did have, putting on an absolutely stellar performance and for the uninitiated who were tuning in to this stream, there’s no doubt Jambinai surely made a few news fans out of some of them.

SXSW Song of the Day – Babeheaven – Human Nature

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UK Duo Babeheaven was slated to play SXSW last year, but obviously were unable to do so. Now they will be playing this year for SXSW Online which is a bit unfortunate, because I think they would have made a lot of fans if they had an actual live showcase this year.

They sound remarkably polished for a relatively new act, and I’m sure much of that will be accredited to Jamie Travis’s production. Regardless, the duo’s music is built around singer Nancy Anderson’s great vocals.

Check out their song “Human Nature”, the hazy vibe of which has elements of ’90s trip hop but is not quite the same. Kinda like when you eat southern Indian curry instead of Northern. It’s kinda similar, but in some ways, completely different. Weird analogy I know, but that’s 2021.

SXSW Song of the Day: The Lazy Eyes – Where’s My Brain

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Remember live shows? I can’t wait to go back to one. I miss the energy, the pulse and just the noise of live music. Listening to the song “Where’s My Brain???” from Australian group The Lazy Eyes makes me realize this would be an amazing show to see live. Would definitely totally lose it – this song’s just an adventure, moving in and out of whatever wave you are on, and just when you think it’s over, it comes rip roaring back again. Who isn’t screaming to this track at the end? Who isn’t just moving around manically? You are making new friends at this show.

Anyways, until that happens, check them out at SXSW Online.

SXSW Song Of The Day – Enjoyable Listens – The Key Of Innocence

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The 2021 edition of SXSW is nearly upon us, with the first fully virtual online edition of the festival starting exactly three weeks from today. And with the start date of SXSW Online fast approaching, the festival has just dropped a bunch of names for the second round of acts performing at SXSW this year.

Among the notable names just announced are No Joy, Jambinai, Lambert, Iceage, and Black Country, New Road, but today we turn the spotlight on Oxford’s Enjoyable Listens, because, really, isn’t an enjoyable listen essentially what we’re all looking for in a new band? Yes, yes it is.

Check out the video for Enjoyable Listens’ “The Key Of Innocence” below.