House of the Dragonfly
Ulala Session, “Fonky”
If you had told me a month ago that Ulala Session’s next single would be some bizarre combination of funk and Korea’s notorious trot genre, I would have fallen over laughing. Ok, first of all, funk and trot?! Like… wat?! Moreover, it’s their first major comeback after the passing of member Lim Yoon Taek, and in the interim they released “Memory,” the very teaser for which reduces me to a bawling mess.
Nevertheless, “Fonky” is truly the wonderful, upbeat result of mishmashing old school funk and old school trot (…but seriously… who THOUGHT of that?!), and even my dad approves. The song has the added benefit of featuring famous trot singer, Seol Woon Do.
The video is equally energetic, rife with the quirky comedy that Ulala Session found great success in with their video for “아름다운 밤 (Beautiful Night).” Not only are the members and Seol Woon Do great comics, but the guy with a “thug life” tattoo and a “Keep Calm and Rock On” t-shirt that suddenly finds himself aspiring to be a trot singer? HiLARious! And, uh, who doesn’t want an Ulala Session t-shirt that looks like that of Run-D.M.C.?!
All in all, “Fonky” is a great song that is consistent with Ulala Session’s heart and seems to say, “Yes, we miss Lim Yoon Taek but we will keep doing what we do best because we know that’s what he wanted.” I don’t know, can’t know, that they think such things, but that’s the sense I get from “Fonky” and what they have shared in recent interviews.