There’s something to be said for a melody that can stand all by itself. It proves the skill of the songwriter who created it and shows off what they can do without voices. I also find myself listening to the versions of the songs that include the vocals very differently, and I can appreciate them as two different works of art. Come listen to these instrumentals and tell me if they help you hear these songs in a new light.
Want more awesome music to listen to? Try my playlist — The Maknae’s Moody Faves — on Spotify!
Noir – “Doom Doom”
Dreamcatcher – “PIRI”
Heize feat. Han Soo Ji – “Round and Round” from the Goblin OST
This sounds like a completely different song! I love it.
Gaho – “Stay Here”
I love the deep cinematic feel the full orchestra creates! The “Stay Here – Intro” track on Spotify includes a haunting echo of Gaho’s soaring vocals. I highly encourage you to check it out.
Gaho – “Not Over” from The Last Empress OST
Is it any surprise that Gaho is on this list twice? It shouldn’t be. That man is an amazing musician!
What are your favorite instrumentals, k-fans? Drop down in the comments and let me know! I’d love to listen to them.
Until the next record spins, I remain —
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi
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I love the background music or instrumentals way more than the songs and instrumentals of the songs. Some of the best are by Falling for Innocence and recent Come and Hug me. But I appreciate instrumentals in Turkish dramas way more than k dramas. They get them totally right.
What are your favorite Turkish drama instrumentals? I’d love to give them a listen.
One of my favorite Turkish composer is Toygar Isikli. You can find his work on Youtube under the channel Arven records by Toygar Isikli. Just a disclaimer, not every instrumental in the playlist of a show will be great but still I like his work.
I’ll check him out! Thanks for the recommendation!
The older sageuks used to have really great instrumentals. It’s kinda sad they don’t really have these kind of themed songs anymore. Here’s couple of oldies but goldies. 😉
Damdeok’s Theme from The Legend OST (this always gives me the ‘feels’)
The Road I Must Take / 가야만 하는 길 from Kingdom of the Winds OST
Ooooh! Those were absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing!
Both soundtracks are great. The Legend one is especially beautifiul, but then it was composed by Joe Hisashi, so… 🙂