Love X Stereo Presents New GLOW EP
Love X Stereo has released its third EP, titled GLOW.
With its haunting and powerful sound, Love X Stereo is introducing the world to a new and unique style of music mixing electronic elements into alt rock/synth pop.
Love X Stereo’s two previous EPs and single set were well received by fans, musicians, and critics alike. Over the years, the band has honed its live performance capabilities at numerous small and large-scale shows.
In June 2013, they got an email from Cincinnati (home of Korean outfielder Shin-soo Choo) inviting them to perform at the annual MidPoint Music Festival. They also won invitations to another three festivals after that, including Indie Week Canada in Toronto, the M.E.A.N.Y. Fest in New York, and the CMJ Music Marathon, the largest music festival in New York. The last in particular is a platform that has helped many musicians on their path to achieving worldwide recognition. The invitations were a surprise to many, with the sole showcase opportunities going to a Korean rock band without a label or corporate sponsorship.
After some debate, the members of Love X Stereo decided to set out on their first-ever North American tour. They also decided to present a selection of new music to their overseas fans in time for the tour, which is set to start in late September. The result was GLOW, their third EP release.
GLOW includes seven tracks, with four new songs and three remixes of older ones. The new release features a stronger and more accessible synth pop feel than the band’s previous releases, part of an attempt to develop a new sound that is both powerful and straightforward.
The leadoff track, “Lose to Win,” is dedicated to people struggling with anxiety over the uncertainties of the future. It speaks a message of hope, telling people to keep moving forward toward their goal and never hesitate. “Lose to Win” is a quiet, moody, and beautiful number with real impact to it.
The second track, “Fly Over,” is a dance song with a rich synth pop palette. The rhythm doesn’t require many chord changes, but the song is simple and stirring, with a propulsive, forward-moving sound.
The powerful third track, “Secrets,” is also the darkest of the four new songs. Inspired by the idea that all of us have secrets that we feel compelled to keep hidden, it sings about how good it would feel to be able to confess them to somebody.
The fourth track, “Crossing Rivers,” deals with the issue of human rights in North Korea. Telling of a young orphaned beggar who travels back and forth to China over the Tumen River, it is an exhortation to triumph over terrible adversity, as well as a call to the rest of us to pay more attention to people like the character. The song is also scheduled to appear on PSCORE’s 2013 compilation album.
The three remixes are songs that previously appeared on the Off the Grid album, now re-envisioned by artists John Gaska and J-Path. Gaska, an American DJ who produces the hip hop duo Samba Mamba, turns “Soul City” into a seamless techno-dance number, while J-Path, Korea’s top DnB DJ/producer brings his distinctive sense of rhythm to new versions of “Soul City” and “Chain Reaction.”
Love X Stereo is currently drawing attention faster overseas than at home in Korea. GLOW is a confident bid for the U.S. market from a very promising band with global potential.
released September 26, 2013
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