30 Day Music Challenge Day 7: 2stepmarv (Kjwan)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 7 is “a song to drive to”. This was tough to narrow down, but once I thought of this song all other contenders went right out.

The 2stepmarv album by Kjwan is their best, most consistently solid album. The group peaked here, I feel, with their follow-up suffering somewhat from a interminable CD launch delays (thanks for sidelining things with a phone-exclusive tie-in release, Nokia), but still had some very noteworthy songs that maintained the old flavor. The sophomore album was creative, fun and catchy, all the things you want in a local group’s output.

In particular, the title track to 2stepmarv was awesome to hear live, and unlike anything the group had done in their first album or with any of the singles. It was like a trance song played by a live band (he said, not knowing anything about that genre in the least) in the way that it had a hook it kept repeating. The constant, recurring hook, the immersive reverb on the guitar and vocals, and J-hoon Balbuena’s expert drumming make this perfect music for driving — preferably in a video game, because you’re going to want to speed. (You’d best believe this was one of the first five songs in our Burnout Paradise custom playlist!)

One day you will see.

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