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Big Phony (빅 포니) - “I Love Lucy”

 

SXSW 2015 - OEB Score: 8; Popularity Index: 5

Pairs Well With…Elliot Smith, Bobby Long, Beck

 

Bobby Choy is Big Phony, a sensitive singer-songwriter from NYC, but now living in Seoul South Korea, with a base in indie folk music. Early this year he released two albums simultaneously “LONG LIVE THE LIE” and “BOBBY.” Each album has a slightly different feel but Choy’s vocals and lyrics are similar across the pair. “LONG LIVE THE LIE” mixes an 80’s new wave influence with updated laid-back electronic production making the album perfect for sunshine and a hammock. “BOBBY” is more of a stripped down folk album, closer to Choy’s earlier releases. He sings with a raw tender tone on the latter album, presenting a full sound that should make for an eclectic live set. For an artist from South Korea there’s a heavy American or British folk influence on Choy’s style. After SXSW Big Phony will be playing a string of US shows throughout the second half of March and into April.

2014 Review: It seems Korean artist Big Phony has chosen to pull a 180 with the release of the aptly-titled “All Bets Are Off”, a synth-laden pop song that has literally nothing in common with the 2010 LP Kicking Punching Bags, a dead-ringer for an Elliott Smith album.  Let’s start with the early stuff – Big Phony had a real alt country lean, finding a way to deliver introspective lyrics with a grizzled whisper.  Along comes this new track, which actually holds up just as well on it’s own, relying on 80s-style effects to enliven the soul within the record.  It’s similar to what Phosphorescent pulls off with “Song for Zula”, using something once so sterile to actually make a lyric even more devastatingly personal. This upcoming LP, his first in four years, could really go in any direction at this point, but the unknown spells hope with this fascinating songwriter.

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My latest crush is Big Phony aka Bobby Choy.  You can definitely see the Elliott Smith influence.

What can I say – I like dorky guys with shaggy hair who think too much.  Does that paint a picture of Shoegaze for you guys? ^.~

Preview Big Phony’s new acoustic album “BOBBY” here.

These songs were all recorded at home in my bedroom on a laptop with a cheap mic and my $40 guitar. Personally I would have wanted to record these songs more properly, but I’m also happy with them stripped down as they are. It represents where I am in life. Broke financially and in resources, but still committed to this journey as an artist. That’s why the album is simply titled “BOBBY”, which I found fitting given that it’s just me being myself - imperfect… but that being okay.

Thank you so much to Wendy Wang for doing such a great job of mixing this album. You’re the best, Wendy.

There are literally countless people I need to thank from the bottom of my heart for helping to make these albums possible. You all know who you are and I hope to repay you in being just as great to you as you’ve been to me over the years. Can’t wait to see you all. God bless you and keep you.

Next year is the 10 Year Anniversary of Big Phony. Expect something big…

~bobby

Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/bobby/id814160031
*When purchasing on iTunes please be sure to download correct version w/ info:
“℗ 2014 ROBERT CHOY / BIG PHONY”.

There’s 2 of the same albums listed at the moment on iTunes (an unfortunate error)

Also available on Bandcamp: http://bigphony.bandcamp.com/album/bobby

“BOBBY”

BEDFORD STOP
BUT I WILL, EVERYDAY
WAITING ON A BREEZE
SHE’S THE KIND OF GIRL
BEFORE YOU CAN LEAVE ME
DIANA, DON’T BE LATE
ENOUGH TO DRIVE ME MAD
HUSH NOW, BABY
GOODBYE, CA

ART BY 1000 +1

PRODUCED BY BOBBY CHOY (BIG PHONY)
MIXED BY WENDY WANG (THE SWEET HURT)
RECORDED AT HOME IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
MASTERED BY SOUND BITES DOG, USA

ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT CHOY (BIG PHONY)
℗ & © 2014 ROBERT CHOY / BIG PHONY
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Big Phony – “All Bets Are Off”

 

Pairs Well With…Beck, Elliott Smith, Phosphorescent

 

It seems Korean artist Big Phony has chosen to pull a 180 with the release of the aptly-titled “All Bets Are Off”, a synth-laden pop song that has literally nothing in common with the 2010 LP Kicking Punching Bags, a dead-ringer for an Elliott Smith album.  Let’s start with the early stuff – Big Phony had a real alt country lean, finding a way to deliver introspective lyrics with a grizzled whisper.  Along comes this new track, which actually holds up just as well on it’s own, relying on 80s-style effects to enliven the soul within the record.  It’s similar to what Phosphorescent pulls off with “Song for Zula”, using something once so sterile to actually make a lyric even more devastatingly personal.  This upcoming LP, his first in four years, could really go in any direction at this point, but the unknown spells hope with this fascinating songwriter.  

SXSW Seoulsonic: K-Indie on Full Display

Hot on the heels of SXSW’s K-pop Night Out came Seoulsonic. This show did not have the same magnetic attraction for a huge audience as headliners Crayon Pop and Epik High had at K-pop Night Out with their collectively massive international fandom, but that didn’t affect the performances at all as these artists were just as energetic, and the crowd was just as excited, if not more, for this lineup.

While that claim may seem odd, think of the fact that the majority of these acts were plucked straight from the Korean indie music scene. With the exception of legendary rock band and headliner of the night’s showcase YB, all of the artists remain under the radar to many international K-entertainment fans, particularly the new ones, who remain in a Hallyu bubble replete with K-pop, dramas and little else.

By Leslie