SoundTeMP – 월하연서 (Wolhayeonseo)

Summary

An Oriental ballad with a strong melody and epic undertones. Used in the trailer of the Korean RPG 천랑열전 (Cheollangyeoljeon).

Genre(s)

Pop ballad and K-pop.

Mood

Lush, romantic, and Oriental.

My favourite part

From 0:52 to 1:19, especially the last few notes near the end.

Criticism

I don’t like the instrumental introduction. It sounds cheesy and fake.

Similar music

None. I can’t think of any songs similar to this that I actually like. There are plenty of Oriental-themed pop ballads out there, but most of them have subpar melodies.

Availability

  • only available for streaming on YouTube
  • not available as a digital download, free or otherwise
  • not available for purchase as a CD
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‘Andalusian Rhapsody’ by SoundTeMP/Gim Junseong

Summary

A melodic yet exciting electronic piece with mild Spanish themes. Composed for the Korean MMORPG Granado Espada.

Genre(s)

Trance or electronic, but the main melody sounds slightly baroque.

Mood

Fast-paced, melodic, and dramatic.

My favourite part

From 2:57 to the end. A very satisfying climax.

Criticism

The introduction is fine, but the part in the middle—from about 1:00 to 3:00—sounds bloated. It’d sound better if it was trimmed.

Similar music

For an energetic track with Spanish flair, listen to a rock version of Uematsu Nobuo’s ‘Vamo’ alla flamenco’, performed by The Black Mages.

Availability