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Here’s an exclusive session with Montreal dream-pop trio Seoul

Check out an exclusive session from the best Montreal dream pop act named after a South Korean city.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Jun 18, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 1:26 pm CDT


Montreal three-piece dream-pop evangelists Seoul have the goods to hit in the age where you just need a few synced tracks on your phone as an entry point toward intimate fandom. Just look at this blind résumé:

  • Black-and-white photography littered across social media platforms. Mysterious!
  • A Tumblr-based homepage that touts the struggle with on-brand writing that is ridiculous but earnest:

 ,,,and like quiet sailors, , we crest into our final evening – putting out the last single from our album today, full LP out June 9th. Thank you to anyone who has patiently followed everything all along, its so interesting how its all been in a way so connected to Facebook too, sadly, but truly, all these little posts, hunched at the computer, at the iPhone in a van, writing. Despite all the structure and constraints of the “Band Page”, there remains a great intimacy to it, and so, here we are ~ 

  • Endorsements from Brooklyn Vegan, Spin, and Consequence of Sound.
  • Tours with similar bands that people like, such as CYMBALS
  • A vague name that can connect to international pastures because it seems profound but is just taken from South Korea’s largest metropolis.
  • I Become a Shade, the newly minted album that comes after two years of SoundCloud singles and Ford Focus–fueled Canadian tours.

Shade in particular is a crown jewel of a summer album. It’s made to soundtrack stock photographs of millennials on trains, tranquilly engaging with technology. It passes through you like morning fog: light drums, restrained guitar sprinkles, melancholy synths, folksy and meditative vocals.

The Daily Dot has partnered with Daytrotter to highlight one session a week, which will be available to stream here exclusively in its entirety. In this installment, a Tumblr band takes its talents to the indie giant’s Austin, Texas, studio and proves the bedroom pop can wail in the garage. 

For nearly a decade, Daytrotter has been recording some of the best talent around, and now you can stream half of this incredible (and growing) archive, featuring thousands of band sessions, for free—or join for full access and free downloads.

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney/Daytrotter

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2015, 11:45 am CDT