Last June, we did an interview with Annie Ko, frontperson of Korean indie electro-rock trio Love X Stereo. Well, the group is now a duo consisting of Annie and Toby Hwang and is ready for the new year with a new EP, consisting of new material and re-recorded favourites. Part 1 of the We Love, We Leave album is already out now and indie pop fans will enjoy the new viz. the dynamic synth-pop energy of the sultry title track and the throbbing dance-able “My Anywhere” and the ‘old’ viz. the exciting versions of “Soul City (Seoul City)” and “Chain Reaction”. We caught up with Annie again to get some insights of where the duo is right here, right now.
Five of the songs on the new EP are re-worked versions of previously released tracks, why?
We were selected for government support provided by KOCCA in order to make a new record. Before we go any further, we wanted to take a step back to rearrange/rerecord our previous tracks, because we always wanted to. Originally, we wanted to make a LP with mixtures of old & new, but we had a strict time restraint, and that’s why we ended up splitting into two EPs. First one represents “We Love”, and the next one represents “We Leave”.
How do you think these tracks have been improved? “Soul City” and “Chain Reaction” seemed perfect already.
It has been major improved. Especially soundwise. Back then, we were exploring new gadgets and gizmos, but now we know what to use to make it sound more like us. It’s a perfect explanation for what we’re gonna do in the future.
The new single, “My Anywhere”, has a stronger synth-pop vibe than your previous material – is this the new direction and why so?
We’re shaping our sound to have more synth vibe. Less punk, more 80s & 90s. The goal has never changed, but our gears are now all set, and our ears are definitely improved throughout the years.
What was the inspiration for “My Anywhere” and “We Love We Leave”?
80s, analog synthesizers, minimalism, New Order, and love.
What are your plans for 2015?
We’re going to release a single during April, and of course, our 2nd EP “We Love We Leave, Part 2” will be released sometime within 2015.
We’re trying to hit festivals like Canadian Music Week and more, so let’s hope all goes well.
We Love We Leave, Part 1 is available from iTunes.