Lucite Tokki
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Lucite Tokki

Brooklyn, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2005

Brooklyn, NY
Established on Jan, 2005
Duo Pop Indie




"Anti-Idols: 8 Alternative K-Indie Females Slaying K-Pop"

With several K-pop acts carving their way into the Western market and media, it would be crazy to fathom that such acts weren’t venerated in their home country. But as it turns out, K-pop—with its excess of glossiness and pounding beats—is actually not the most popular genre in South Korea. Consumers generally opt for the direct antithesis; stripped down, good ol’ coffee shop rock. Yes, Korea has it the other way around than in the West, with Korean indie reigning supreme over idols.

K-indie aims to recreate the dimly lit coffee shop ambience where you can sit back and enjoy a nice cup of warmth and wholesomeness. But just as K-pop is a melting pot of different genres, K-indie also mixes in alternative rock, electro pop, R&B, and pretty much anything you can think of. The difference is these artists are doing it organically and independently from any major company and producers. Among the standout bands that typically take down idol groups include Busker Busker, who’s “Cherry Blossom Ending” dominated the charts for weeks, and Nell, who has been around since the late ‘90s.

But even with the big names being predominantly all-male bands, K-indie is so much more than a boys club. Kickass female soloists and groups are the ones putting the soul and heart into the genre, singing about real emotions and struggles, perfectly capturing the female experience. From raw, acoustic rock to more compelling pop derivatives, here are eight female K-indie artists slaying the Korean music scene.

Anyone a fan of those Jimmy Fallon covers of famous songs played with toys? Well, that’s exactly this duo’s signature sound. Guitarist Sun Young and keyboard player/vocalist Ye Jin create lighthearted, nostalgia inducing melodies like “Go” and “Let Me Dance” that seem like a children’s TV show theme song before reaching their peak and explosion of instruments at the choruses. With lots of autobiographical references, Lucite Tokki is like therapy, with its underlying sadness covered with giddy vocals. - Mtv Iggy

"[Band Uprising] Lucite Tokki: classmates-turned-bandmates"

As the Korean music market gains more international recognition, the local band scene is looking to rise up and represent the next generation of Korean music. This is the sixth installment of a series of interviews with Korean rock, acoustic and alternative bands. ― Ed.

Cho Ye-jin and Kim Sun-young of the acoustic duo Lucite Tokki first met during a college music-writing course.

Cho majored in singing while Kim was a guitar major, and as part of a class assignment, the students were asked to split into teams and combine their compositions.

“I thought to myself that the song that I had written would really go well with her guitar playing so I asked her if she would like to partner up with me,” Cho told The Korea Herald.

“After playing together for the first time, we both felt that our sounds really meshed well together,” Kim added. “So any time we had a project or a concert assignment for school, we would always perform as a team.”

A decade later, they are best friends and still make music together, having released three full albums and four EPs as a lighthearted pop duo.

“As graduation day was approaching, we were really struggling to decide what we were going to do with once school was over,” Kim continued. “A lot of our friends went off to become music teachers, but we both said to ourselves, ‘Let’s make a demo tape together.’”

The two recorded a demo tape and mailed it to talent agencies. The girls’ plan worked out better than they could have hoped, as they were contacted by a label who wanted to sign them. After nearly a year of practicing and performing at small venues, the two music school graduates were able to release their debut album ― “Twinkle Twinkle” ― as Lucite Tokki.

Cho and Kim first came up with the name as a random mashing of words. Kim claimed that people have told her that she looked like a rabbit ― “tokki” in Korean ― and Cho just liked rabbits in general and often drew rabbit-like characters in her school notebooks. They decided to go with the band name “Tokki” but friends soon told them that it sounded too childish.

“One of my hobbies is collecting vintage jewelry,” Cho explained. “And a long time ago, before they came out with plastic, a lot of jewelry was made from this material called Lucite. So one day while I was out shopping for jewelry, it suddenly struck me that adding the term to our name might sound more interesting, so that’s how we became ‘Lucite Tokki.’”

The artists claim that their close friendship was the key to how they managed to continue as a long-time duo.

“We are always together,” Kim said with a chuckle. “I think there are a lot of female duos in the music scene today and even band members that started out as friends, but we ― and we have been told this many times ― are sometimes thought of as being too close because we spend most of our time together. But I think this is actually a real positive factor; our close friendship and how we are so musically in sync with each other can be seen and heard through our songs.”

Lucite Tokki released its latest EP “Getting Through the Winter with You” in January featuring two slow-tempo acoustic ballad singles “TIBI” and “Going Home.”

“In general, both of the singles are about love,” said Cho. “However, the meanings of the songs are not limited to just romantic love. We are talking about the love that you feel for your family, for the words of poetry or even the love you have for your friends. We were not trying to focus on the object of one’s affection; rather we wanted to describe the deep emotional feelings behind the notions of love.”

By Julie Jackson ( - The Korea Herald

"Lucite Tokki brings tasteful K-Pop to Rockwood on 12.23"

Currently based in NYC, Lucite Tokki is a duo that formed in Seoul in 2005 and had a pretty good run so far, releasing four full albums and six EPs. Their songs shares delicate melodies and a variety of instruments, from the acoustic to the electronic, that are the basis of their always sparse arrangements. Their latest album "L+" features both Korean and English lyrics and delivers plenty of charming pop moments. Our favorite songs is opener "every you" (streaming), which use a jazzy piano progression to build a sophisticated soul pop composition filled with nods to the masters of the genre from the early '80s. Lucite Tikki will be performing live at Rockwood Music Hall on December 23rd. - The Deli


Studio albums

"Twinkle Twinkle" (December 6, 2007), "A Little Sparkle"(October 14, 2009), "Grow To Glow"(July 10, 2012), "L+"(March 25, 2016)"

Extended plays

"Self"(March 17, 2011), "Summer"(August 5, 2011), "Dear Deer"(November 29, 2013), "Getting Through Winter with You"(January 24, 2014), "Let Me Dance"(July 9, 2014), "Love Letters"(July 17, 2015)



Lucite Tokki is a female pop duo formed in Seoul. They were born and raised in South Korea, and studied music at a college where they met while doing a project together. As soon as graduated from the school, they formed Lucite Tokki and launched the first album in 2007. Since then, the duo released four full-length albums and seven EPs, and took part in various projects including several K-Drama and South Korean movies. The duo is currently based in New York expanding their musical boundaries.

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