Updated June 15 with latest official OST releases, but incidental music still very hard to identify!
Set aside for a moment the annoying news about TvN cutting Ex-Girlfriend Club short. I’ve been humming a couple songs from the soundtrack nonstop, and now I’ve tracked them down.
In recent episodes, a common theme in the background has been the moody song “Dreamlike,” by Vodka Rain. I’ve started humming it all the time. The lyrics are sad, but since they’re in Korean I don’t get too depressed listening to it. I can’t find anywhere to download it from, but the track is at Sound Cloud.
I’m also fascinated with the song that plays when Myeong-Soo and Soo-Jin meet up again in episode 1. It’s an English song with an old-fashioned vibe reminiscent of the Beatles or the Monkees. The tune is cheerful, but the lyrics are about death and lost love. Turns out it’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan. Given it was top of the charts in the US at one point, I’m surprised I’d never heard it before. But then again, it went gold in 1972, a couple years before my time.
The opening credits song is by Jannabi, who also did the recent credits music for Let’s Eat 2. The official OST songs by Jannabi and Soran are at iTunes, as is “Alone Again (Naturally).”
“Alone Again” is a cool choice for this show, because it reminds me that most of the time as adults, we’re on our own, whether we’re single, separated, momentarily bored with a marriage, or just working in a different part of town from our main squeeze. If you’re lucky to have big romantic passion, it still doesn’t take up your whole life. Many moments of the day we’re alone, naturally. And that could be tragic or it could just be normal. The sad lyrics and cheerful tune allow you to decide how you want to interpret it. ♥
Postscript: Thanks to Camille’s sleuthing, here is the Rose of Sharon Has Bloomed by Lee Seol-Ah:
And the final official OST song is “Waltz” by Every Single Day. Great track.