Album of the Month – Roy Kim’s Home
There’s just something very pleasing about Roy Kim’s style and voice. It’s like a healthy meal of your favorite comfort foods, a fuzzy soft blanket on a cold night, a ray of sun on a gloomy day. I feel this way about Standing Egg’s music as well. Just listening to it makes me happy. I have a new Album of the Month! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?
Roy Kim released a new album, Home, last week. CJ E&M sometimes loads entire albums or partial albums to their YouTube account. Thus, if you’re new to Roy Kim or just not sure you want to go out and buy his new album, you can listen to the songs and be the judge. They are not typical kpop. He’s more into soft acoustic and mellow music. I’ve got not problem with that, but I do know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Just like my love for indie rock definitely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Speaking of which, Arirang was doing a rock show where they were exploring Korean rock history…I need to watch that. Anywho, enjoy the beauty of Roy Kim’s voice and if you like what you hear, do go out and buy his album. It’s awesome.
01 Nothing Lasts Forever (My favorite track from the album!)
02 When Autumn Comes 가을에 [Gaeule] (This song…melts.)
03 Home (After the softer opening songs, this song has a stronger sound…not hard or anything, it’s got more volume to it really, still very pretty.)
04 If You Love Me 날 사랑한다면 [Nal Saranghanmamyeon] (Love the guitar in this song! Again, different from the first three songs in style. Gah. Roy Kim. His change of tempo and how he goes soft and then loud, he really can make a song dynamic to keep it from being boring.)
05 Now I Know feat. Jung Ji Chan 잘 있나요 그대 [Jal Ittnayo Geudae] (This song is just addictive to me and you know what? He sings really clear so you can actually understand everything he’s singing. It’s nice.)
06 Hold On 롱디 [Rongdi] (After the more upbeat tracks of 3-5, he slows it down for another beautiful ballad. Shivers. Those higher…falsetto?…notes. Daebak.)
07 Curtain feat. Jung Seong Ha (Love the guitar in this song…but not sure if I like this quite as much as the other songs on the album, but still an excellent song.)
08 Far Away 멀어졌죠 [Meoleojyeottjyo] (This song…hard to put a finger on…it’s interesting and makes me want to listen to it over and over again.)
09 Thank You (Bonus Track) (A beautiful way to end a beautiful album.)
Even with the more upbeat songs, Roy Kim has elements that tie all the songs together. He does a lot of the…it’s not humming, but doing those higher, softer notes throughout (like ooooos and stuff like that). Overall, definitely an album I’m buying…after I pay all my bills for the month. 😛 Ah, the realities of being an adult.
And for those interested, there will be a live streaming meet & greet with Roy Kim tomorrow, October 16! More details on that here (in English!): mwave.interest.me/mobileweb/meetgreet/view/102. You can also check out more about Roy Kim with his official site.