Jambinai - ONDA


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When the three founders of Jambinai decided to “communicate with the ordinary person who doesn't listen to Korean traditional music,” few outsiders anticipated an extraordinary fusion with metal, post rock and noise. “Most people expect Asian traditional music to make something smooth for yoga or meditation,” says band spokesman Lee Il-woo. “We wanted to break all of that.”

The first big wave arrived in 2010 after traditional music students Lee (guitar and piri, a bamboo oboe), Kim Bo-mi (the bow-stringed haegum) and Sim Eun-young (geomungo) joined forces and released the ‘Jambinai’ EP. The trio’s debut album ‘Différance’ won Best Crossover Album at the 2013 Korean Music Awards, triggering several overseas tours and the second wave of Jambinai - an international deal with Bella Union and a second album, ‘A Hermitage’. At the time, Lee cited the influence of bands like Metallica, Mogwai and Sigur Rös but such was the trio’s energy levels, they seemed to draw more on thunderstorms, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, blizzards and desert winds - a force of nature more than a band.

It’s hard to believe but ‘ONDA’ is even more dynamic and rhythmic, with the permanent addition of Jaehyuk Choi (drums) and B.K Yu (bass), fixtures of Jambinai’s live band since 2017. The way the quintet “sticks together like gears of a clock or machine,” says Lee, is celebrated on ‘Square Wave’, a breathtaking example of Jambinai’s ability to alternate between ambient serenity and molten ferocity.


1 Sawtooth
2 Square Wave
3 Event Horizon
4 Sun. Tears. Red
5 In The Woods
6 Small Consolation
7 ONDA Prelude

Artist Jambinai
Title ONDA
Label Bella Union
Format Double LP
Release Date 7th June 2019
Cat Number BELLA916V