14 K-Indie Songs To Lighten Your Mood This Spring
Although spring has undeniably sprung this year, it’s far from being the kind of spring we’re used to. In fact, this is a very weird and turbulent time for most of us, filled with stress and other things that weigh us down. As such, I thought I’d share some music to try to lift people’s spirits, even if only a touch. And while some of the songs are more on the melancholy side, I hope all of them will give you some peace of mind and healing as you go about your days this spring. Happy listening!
Martin Smith – “Paint on Spring”
It feels as though Martin Smith bottled up everything that makes spring so lovely, from the colorful flowers to the warm rays of sunshine, and poured it into this music video. Just how much more aesthetically pleasing can you get? Plus, the duo’s voices blend together in a way that’s sweeter than any cherry blossom flavored confection you could ever buy.
Stella Jang – “Recipe”
This one is for my fellow dalgona coffee lovers. After all, what’s not to like about a creamy cup of coffee alongside the decadent vocals of Stella Jang? I especially love the dreamy, retro vibe of this song. Be careful not to get too mesmerized by all of her coffee stirring in the video though.
O.WHEN – “Lonely”
Who else is feeling a little lonely these days? While this isn’t the cheeriest of songs, it only seems right to acknowledge the fact that this spring may be a lonely time for many. That said, I hope this one will serve not so much as a reminder of your loneliness, but rather as a source of comfort. Although O.WHEN isn’t the most emotive in terms of his facial expressions, he sure does know how to convey emotions through his voice.
LambC – “Beauty”
“Beauty” is the kind of song you can turn on and unintentionally doze off to on a lazy April afternoon as the clouds roll by overhead. The video itself is relaxing as well, with its soft tones and vintage feel. Also, I really dig the guitar solo in the middle of the song. In fact, shout out to all of the band members for helping create such a chill and groovy track.
Today’s Hot Song – “Eiffel Tower Effect”
This one genuinely warms my soul. It’s like if you took the most romantic of all K-drama confessions and turned it into a wonderfully mellow acoustic song. If you like this track, then be sure to check out their other songs, as these two really know how to melt one’s heart.
J_ust & MOMOLAND’s Ahin – “That Kind of Love”
Ahin’s clear, high tone perfectly complements J_ust’s gentle, airy voice in this song, capturing the essence of a romantic springtime date. It should be a crime, however, that they only recorded half of the song for this live clip. By the way, if the tempo is a little slow for your liking, try bumping the playback speed up to 1.25, which gives the song a little more energy and excitement.
Yoo Seung Woo – “Want You”
I’ll admit that I’m a bit — okay, extremely — biased when it comes to Yoo Seung Woo, but would any springtime playlist be complete without at least one of his songs? This light, carefree track is sure to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step as you go about your day. After all, how can one frown while listening to Yoo Seung Woo’s angelic voice?
J Rabbit – “Good Luck To All”
There’s something about J Rabbit’s music that always uplifts my soul, and this song is no exception to that. With its upbeat tune and encouraging lyrics, “Good Luck to All” is perfect for those days where you could use a little pick-me-up. As J Rabbit says, “Good things will surely happen,” so hang in there, everybody.
Vincent Blue & Yang Da Il – “With Me”
Make sure to use earphones while listening to this one for the best experience. Seriously, don’t even press play until you’ve got those earphones ready, because this 8D audio experience is magical. Both of these guys are great on their own, but in combination, it’s hard to not be enraptured by their harmonization and soulfulness.
Kim Soo Young – “Moon and Me”
Although I do appreciate the studio recording of this song, the sounds of waves crashing against the shore and seagulls chattering in this live clip make “Moon and Me” that much more enjoyable and relaxing. So put aside any stress or worries you may have for a moment and let Kim Soo Young’s calming voice take you away to a place where you can (almost) feel the ocean breeze.
Tarin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
To borrow a phrase once used by one of my readers, this one “makes my heart bleed cotton candy.” With its infectious chorus and positive lyrics, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” is a song that will have you smiling and singing along before you know it. As you listen to this track, you might try thinking about the little things in your own life that bring you happiness.
John Park – “March Lover”
March may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to listen to this song on repeat. “March Lover” feels like that moment when you realize the first spring flowers have begun to bloom, with new beginnings waiting just around the corner, thanks to its vibrant visuals and John Park’s delightfully deep and rich voice. It’s one of my favorite songs of his by far.
OKDAL – “Love Advice”
If you’re looking to add a little whimsy to your days this spring, then you must give this song a listen. I particularly love that OKDAL incorporated the flute here, as it’s refreshing and oh so perfect for a springtime tune. Also, “Love Advice” really does offer some solid dating advice, so you might want to take notes.
Yoon Ddan Ddan – “Just in Case”
Between the touching lyrics and the sincerity in Yoon Ddan Ddan’s voice, I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I listen to this song. The music video is full of cuteness as well, though the twist at the end is a little… Well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.
Which K-indie songs are you relaxing to this spring?
seheee is a software engineer by day and an avid K-pop concert goer by night. She also occasionally makes an appearance on Twitter (@_seheee).