On April 22nd, Paul Kim released part two of his second full-length album titled Maum. I initially planned to review this EP after all the music videos dropped, but I’m going to go ahead and review it now. Then I can watch the remaining videos on my own.
Maum, Part. 2has five songs, and all are set to have official music videos. So far, two MVs have dropped, so let’s check those out first.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Overload:
Another title for this song is “Katalk”, that’s why we have that adorable notification sound at the beginning of the video.
KaTalk or KakaoTalk is a mobile messaging app.
Sometimes I don’t mind being late for reviews because by then, the videos already have English subs.
I love the soft piano start.
Paul Kim’s voice is beautiful and soothing.
Lol, I love that the Pinnochio doll appeared when he replied to the text with the classic line of “I have been busy lately, sorry, let’s meet up soon.”
The brand of noodles he’s eating is my favourite. If you give me that with egg and kimchi, I will provide you with any information you need😂😂😂.
Yes, I love food.
The lyrics for this song are super relatable.
I’m so bad at replying to text messages or having long text chats. Sometimes I remember that I need to check up on a few people, but then schoolwork or other personal things happen that cause me to forget. Then by the time I recollect myself, it feels like I have been ignoring those people.
I don’t necessarily see this behaviour as something negative, but I’m still working on reaching out regularly to my few friends and family.
The first drumbeat we hear is right before the chorus. A very smooth and perfect entry.
It took the song to a whole different level.
Paul Kim is so dorky in this video.
The chorus is impressive, I LOVE IT.
At this point, he is clearly advertising this noodle.😂😂😂
And now, the second verse continues on with a more groovy piano style and the drumbeat.
The chorus is catchy. I’m already singing along.
This music video is weird but very fitting. I love the concept.
They included some behind the scene clips. Paul Kim is so adorable, and it was clearly difficult for him to get the perfect wink.😂
How can a thirty-two-year-old be this goofy? I love that about him.
“Overload” is chill groove from the amazing vocalist Paul Kim. I genuinely enjoyed every moment.
Reaction to But I’ll Miss You:
Yesss!!! I have English captions.
That classic keyboard entry tells me that I’m about to witness an intriguing ballad. I am excited.
Wow, that rich deep tone he used to hum the melody is beautiful. I need to go back and hear it again.
I want to close my eyes and fully enjoy the 4 minutes and 19 seconds of this song, but I can’t do that now.
“But I’ll Miss You” is definitely one of those heartfelt tracks.
I’m not even one minute in, and I’m already in my feels.
Another great song with very relatable lyrics.
As someone who’s moved from city to city/country to country, I can connect with what he’s singing about.
I have met a lot of people throughout my life, and no matter how short or bad the encounter was, they all touched or changed me.
Now focusing on just the good ones, like my friends from previous schools. When leaving, we all felt excited moving on to the next stage of our lives, but somedays, I do feel sad that I can’t sit face to face and chat away with all of them like before.
But then 90% of the time, I’m perfectly okay. Just casually moving on with life and meeting new people.
I’m getting so emotional because of all the memories. 😥😥😥
The nostalgia is hitting me real hard with this song. What are you doing to me, Paul Kim?
This is so beautiful.😭😭😭
I love this line 👉🏼 “Life is about farewell, meeting and familiar. And then just live day by day.”
Paul Kim’s voice always drives home the emotions of any song he touches. He is super talented.
The music video is straightforward with the story and well acted out.
Now we are closing with the soft keyboard again. So soothing.
“But I’ll Miss You” made me miss home so bad. It takes a great song to bring out hidden emotions in anyone.
Thank you, Paul Kim.👏👏👏
I feel my tears coming up.
From these two songs, I can tell that Maum, Part. 2, follows the theme to the core, which is ‘heart.’
Paul Kim is literally telling the stories and emotions that we all experience at specific points in life. I can’t wait to hear the remaining songs.
I just checked and “But I’ll Miss You” is topping music charts. That’s great.
Album Review: Here us album sampler –
Hero – I love how each song is a bit different. This one starts out with some soft guitar notes. Paul Kim has an incredible vocal range and control. Oh my, this song is lovely. I’m going to look up the English translations once it’s done playing. I love the marching band drums that come right before the second verse. So cute. I can’t differentiate a cello from a violin, but I can tell that there’s a classical string instrument playing in the background. It’s a nice touch to this music. Wooh!!! the high note right before the bridge is so good. I couldn’t find a video with English lyrics, so I’ll just wait for the official video that drops on May 4th. “Hero” is a perfect relaxation track. I LOVE IT.
But I’ll Miss You – Finally, I can close my eyes and take in this song.
Overload – Okay, this is my favourite so far. It is time to groove.
HOLIDAY – This sounds like something I will play while having a picnic outside on a hot day. It’s giving me major vacation vibes. I love how we have a consistent keyboard note throughout the entire song. Also, “HOLIDAY” slightly sounds like a Christmas jingle because of the bells and trumpets. The background vocals and layering in this song are beautiful. This track is bubblier compared to the previous ones. I’m still 50/50 on it, but it could grow on me after a few more listens.
The Reason for My Spring – We’re back to a ballad but with a guitar entry this time. This song is so calm and comforting. I can’t wait to get English translations for the lyrics. Paul Kim sounds perfects as always. “The Reason for My Spring” is very peaceful, and I think I can attribute that to the inclusion of classical string instruments. This song follows the basic ballad patterns, but Paul Kim sounds beautiful with each note, so I love it.
I truly enjoyed listening to this EP, and I can’t wait to watch the remaining music videos and understand each story. Paul Kim did an excellent job, both vocally and production-wise. He never disappoints.
While listening to this EP, I kept deliberating on which part of his 2nd full-length album I like better. Maum, Part. 2 definitely gives me different feels from Maum, Part. 1, hence I don’t want to choose one over the other. However, as of now, I am more in love with the sound from part one. All the same, Maum, as a full-length album, is PURE EXCELLENCE.
On April 10th, Paul Kim released a schedule and a one-minute preview video on YouTube for his upcoming EP. This EP is actually part two of his 2nd full-length album titled Maumor Heart, and it is set to drop on April 22nd. It will have five songs – “Hero” – “But I’ll Miss You” – “Overload” – “Holiday” and – “The Reason For My Spring”
There will be a music video for every track, and he already released the first song “Overload” on April 13th. This song is also known as “Katalk”
The lyrics for “Overload” are very relatable, and I love the quirky and weird music video. I will save my detailed thoughts for when I write my album review.
Before I advance further, allow me to introduce this artist to those who might not know him. Kim Tae-hyeong, popularly known as Paul Kim, is a South Korean singer-songwriter signed to Neuron Music. He debuted in 2014 with the single – “Would You Like Some Coffee?” He was born on February 11th, 1988, which makes him 32 years old internationally. I discovered him through his soundtracks for South Korean dramas, and he instantly became one of my top male vocalists. So far he has released one full-length album in two parts – The Road in 2017 and Tunnel in 2018, Two EPs – Song Diary and Her both in 2016, His ongoing second full-length album in two parts – Maum, Part 1 in 2019 and Maum, Part 2 set for April 22nd, 2020. He also has a good number of singles/collaborations, and his latest OST is “So Long” from Hotel del Luna. I absolutely love that OST, it is so beautiful.
Here is a live performance of the Hotel del Luna OST –
Back to the primary purpose of this post. The first part of Paul Kim’s second full-length album was released on October 7th, 2019, but I discovered it when I reacted to the follow-up single “Big Heart” on November 29th, 2019. If you want to read that review, use this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review
I fell utterly in love with the solemn/hopeful vibe of that song, so I started snooping around until I stumbled upon Maum, Part1, which also has that same feel. My ultimate favourite song on it is “Empty”, but I enjoy listening to the full EP regularly. Here are all the songs on Part 1 –
Young and Selfish
From the one minute preview he released last week Friday, I feel that Maum, Part 2 is going to be on a more quirky and romantic side. I am really thrilled about hearing Paul Kim’s heavenly voice again, and I just love the sentimental nature of the Maum collection, it soothes me. Is anyone else as excited for Paul Kim’s comeback?
Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.
#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love
I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILINGalbum. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link 👉🏼 AKMU – SAILING: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – Hold Me I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.
#. DAY6 – I’ll try This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the past A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review
#TAEYEON – Wine “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – 4AM Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school😭😭😭. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.
#. millic, HAN – Treasure Island “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.
#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozoo Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link 👉🏼 Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.
#. Punch – Sometimes This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Vincent Blue – Stupid This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.
#. IU – The visitor My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link 👉🏼 IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.
#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Do Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!😍😍😍
#. Tia Ray – Ready For Love The instrumental on this track is LIT🔥🔥🔥. In fact, the entire 1212album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
#. g.o.d – One Candle g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well😂😂😂. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.
#. DAY6 – days gone by
Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am😂😂😂.
#. Ailee – Reminiscing The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Love You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.
#. 4Men – Baby Baby This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.
#. LEE HI – BREATHE This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.
#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.
#. Urban Zakapa – Wish There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbye Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.
#. BTOB – Missing You I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???🙄🙄😊 Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.
#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET,and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link 👉🏼 YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.
#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rain Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.
#. Paul Kim – Big Heart Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.
#. DAY6 – All Alone I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist😂😂😂. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…
#. Davichi – Dear. Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Davichi – Dear: Music Review
#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. The Rose – She’s In The Rain Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawnalbum, which contains this song, is also perfect. So all I did was choose my number track from it.
Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: 👉🏼 Youtube Winter 2020
Kim Chung-ha’s actual birth name is Kim Chan-mi, but she is now popularly known as CHUNG HA. She is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter and choreographer. She placed fourth during Mnet’s group survival show Produce 101. She was a member of the resulting group, I.O.I. CHUNG HA later debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the EP – Hands on Me. My favourite song from her is is “Gotta Go”
(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Official MV:
I love ballads. I could listen to such songs for years.
Another music video without English captions. WHY do they do this to me?
I missed Paul Kim’s voice. It is so soulful.
Damn that lower note from him was chilling.
This is my first time hearing Chung ha’s voice on a slower song, and she sounds fantastic.
She is so pretty.
So they are childhood friends.
I love the call and response style going on here. Also, the harmonies are soothing.
I am enjoying this breathy tone that Chung ha is used while singing in harmony with Paul Kim.
This has such a lovely melody, and it is also the type that can quickly become addictive.
So they are friends that have feelings for each other?
The build-up is excellent. The instrumental, Paul Kim and Chung Ha’s voices begin to reach climax without you even noticing that the key has changed.
The production is impressive.
Yesss… to the high notes during the bridge and that instrumental solo was also a perfect touch.
They both look stunning in formal wear.
I got goosebumps when they sang, “you are my everything to me” in unison. So adorable and sweet.
The music video is also quite intriguing with the stage-like scenes. Creative concept.
Time for a replay before giving my rating.
Awww the ending is too cute. The younger versions pushed them towards each other.
I thought it had ended because the screen went black.
I’m swimming in sugar at this point.😍😍😍
It remains a beautiful piece on the second listen.
My rating for “Loveship” by Paul Kim and CHUNG HA is 10/10. This is going on my playlist.
Paul Kim released a new single on the 29th of November titled “Big Heart” Kim Tae-hyeong, popularly known as Paul Kim, is a South Korean singer signed under Neuron Music. He debuted in 2014 with his first single titled “Would You Like Some Coffee?”. I got to know him through his soundtracks for South Korean dramas, and he is now on the top of my list for South Korean male soloists. The emotions his voice delivers are undeniable. I am always in my feelings whenever he releases new music. My favourite song from him so far is “Me After You”
I am not so sure, but I think this song “Big Heart” might be a tease for part 2 of his Maumalbum. By the way, if you have not listed to Maum Part 1, you should. All 5 songs on the mini are equally amazing.
(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to official MV:
I appreciate music videos that show an actual story, it makes the song easier to understand.
From what I am getting so far, the girl’s parents have divorced. Her dad has remarried and now has a new baby at home… Okay.
When a marriage ends in divorce, it definitely takes a toll on the children if not handled properly. In this scenario, it seems that Ga Eun is still not used to the fact that her parents are no longer together.
I love how the instrumental comes in. The soft piano indicates how emotional this song is about to be.
From the instrumental, I could tell that this would be a heartfelt song, but now actually reading the lyrics, it really hits deep. This is sad.
I am sure she feels like her dad no longer needs her.
Ga Eun dear, I think you forgot your coat on the bus.
I love how this music video was shot during Paul Kim’s scenes. The backgrounds were blurred out, leaving the camera to focus entirely on him.
Also, his image seems to be still while everything around was moving forward. That symbolizes how it is to be lonely, sad and alone. You seem stuck in the same position while everything else is evolving. So kudos to whoever directed this music video for such astounding imagery.
Although I am not in a similar situation as Ga Eun, the lyrics still speak to me because I know how it feels to be going through a lot and yet never have the zeal to talk to anyone about it.
At such points in life, being alone just seems like what gives more comfort, but I will advise that no matter what, try to talk to someone.
I love that her mom was there to comfort her.
“Big Heart” is a beautiful piece, and Paul Kim delivered the emotions and message of this song so well.
Awww, Paul Kim returned her coat.
Yess to the choir that came in at the end of the song. That just added the well needed magical touch to an already perfect piece.
This entire track was breathtaking. I loved every moment of it.
My rating is 10/10.
All the songs I have checked out today are beautiful.
I hope “Big Heart” brings comfort to those who try to hide how much they are actually hurting inside. Please talk to some and know that you are loved.
Here is another version of the music video for “Big Heart” –
My very own winter playlist created for you all to enjoy, and I also added short previews for each song.
#. 1415 – When It Snows
This song was recommended by a friend, and she got me to quickly watch the music video for it because Nam Joo Hyuk features as the main character for the video. It was my first time listening to 1415. After my first listen, I went on to check out their other releases. It is a very calm and soothing song, so I wanted to share it with you all. Hopefully, you enjoy it like I did.
#. 1415 – I Am Blue
Yes, another song from 1415. They are amazing, and I hope that they get the recognition that their music deserves. “I am Blue” is a more upbeat song compared to “When It Snows” and the instrumentals on this song is absolutely beautiful.
#. Zion. T, Lee Moon Sae – Snow
Hands down, this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to. I expect nothing less from Zion. T, he is an amazing artist. Also, the fact that he featured Lee Moon Sae, a well recognized older generation singer, made this song even more beautiful. If you have never listened to anything from Lee Moon Sae, I recommend the song “Whistle.”
#. Primary, OHHYUK, Lim Kim – Gondry
Ohhyuk’s voice in every song I have heard from him continuously takes me by surprise. When I first listened to “Gondry,” I was completely in awe. No matter how many times I listen to this song, I keep on asking myself how someone can be blessed with such an amazingly rich set of pipes. It is not really the notes but rather the emotion that his voice adds to each song. I honestly hope that you all come to appreciate his voice and music just like I do after listening to this song.
#. Yang Da Il, Hyolyn – And Then
Yang Da Il caught my attention with his soundtracks from Korean dramas like Hospital Ship and Bride Of The Water God. But I was still never compelled to check out his actual songs. I came to know of this particular song through Spotify radio, and I was so mad at myself for such a late discovery. Also, with a feature like Hyolyn, who has a really enchanting voice, this turned out to be such a tasteful and relaxing song.
#. Primary, OHHYUK – Island
This is such a laid back song for me. Whenever this song plays, I find myself just snapping my fingers and rocking my head from side to side. It is quite an odd dance if seen in person, but that is just me being me. So do let me know what sort of moves this song ignites from you.
#. John Park – Thought Of You
The only song I knew from John Park before this month was “My Best,” which features Huh Gak. I never dived further into the discography of both singers until this month. So this song is one of my recent findings. I absolutely enjoy every minute of listening to “Thought Of You.” It is such a feel-good song, and it lightens up my mood.
#. MISIA, HIDE (GReeeeN) – Ainokatachi
This happens to be one of the first Japanese songs I listened to that was not from an anime. Sometime last year, I decided that I would like to hear what Japan’s music scene had to offer. So with my search, I came across Mika Nakashima and then she led me to discover MISIA. I really love this song because of the hopeful and uplifting atmosphere that it exudes. I have since then discovered other Japanese songs that I enjoy once in a while.
#. Jia Jia – Happiness Coming
“Happiness Coming” was featured in the Taiwanese drama Rock ‘n’ Road. This is a very calm and steady song, it gives off the feeling of not wanting to give up and hoping for the best no matter what. When I first heard this song, I was in a bad place, so I really needed that message. I am so happy that I discovered Jia Jia through this song because she is an awesome singer and really great at conveying emotions.
#. John Park – Smile
Another John Park song that soothes my soul, it is so soft and cozy. The way he starts the song with such a low register is really captivating. It is the perfect winter song to play while warming up by the fireplace with a cup of warm french vanilla. I specifically stated french vanilla because I do not drink coffee, and I am also not the biggest fan of hot chocolate. Anyways “Smile” is a great cafe mood song. I hope you all enjoy it.
#. Eddy Kim – When Night Falls
“When Night Falls” is the first soundtrack for the Korean drama While You Were Sleeping. I hardly know anything about the singer Eddy Kim, but I acknowledge that he has a lovely voice. I really love the slight whispering/falsettotone that he uses during the chorus of the song. It felt like he was speaking directly to me, and I always enjoy that personal feeling in any song.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Way Back Home
I absolutely adore Akmu. They have their own unique style. I tend to appreciate such stand-out artists more. I have listened to all their albums, but Winter is my favourite season-themed album. So if you have not listened to this album already, do check it out, and I promise that you will not be disappointed. I decided to add the song “Way Back Home” to this playlist because it is one of my favourite songs from the album.
#. Bii – I Will Miss You
I already wrote about my love for Bii in a previous post, and if you have not read that, here is a link – Star Showcase: BII. “I Will Miss You” perfectly showcases why I love Bii. His songs are so soothing and very easy to remember. All his songs have very catchy melodies that stay stuck in your head for days. Plus, he has a beautiful voice to back that up, so I cannot help but love this artist.
#. Ra. D – Just Missing You
Now the drama for which this song is associated with is quite gloomy. When I first watched the drama Just Between Lovers, I was too focused on the story to notice any of the original soundtracks. I only came to realize the beauty of this song just recently. This is such a well-arranged piece of music, most especially the chorus. I could not help but sing along with the few English lyrics I could understand, and I plan to check out the artist because I AM REALLY IMPRESSED.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Live
Another great song from Akmu. “Live” is my number one song from the album Winter. I sincerely admire the brother and sister duo, Lee Chan-hyuk, for his songwriting skills and Lee Su-hyun for her vocal talents. Right from the time I saw them in the Korean audition program, Kpop Star, they have never produced a bad song. Like I said, their style is unique, so not everyone might get right into it, but that aside, they are amazing together.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Beautiful Tomorrow
If you do not know of the vocal prowess that is Park Hyo Shin, please waste no more time. I advise that you start with his song, “Wild Flower.” This guy is a vocal beast and never fails to wow his listeners. His music is really touching. He tends to release songs that reflect his life experiences, so that makes it more relatable. This particular song, “Beautiful Tomorrow” is a powerful and smooth ballad, and the entire song is accompanied only by a piano.
#. South Club – Hug Me
Right from his time as a member of the Korean pop group Winner to when he became the main singer for the Korean band South Club. Nam Taehyun has always been one of my top vocalists. He has such a soft and smooth voice. This song “Hug me” is really comforting, but you can still feel the hint of sadness in his voice. I am not certain about the kind of guitar that was used in this song, but South Club definitely has great talents among them.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Breath
Another great song from the master himself. His album I am A Dreamer has a great set of songs to enjoy. My favourites, according to preference, are “Wild Flower,” “Breath,” “Home,” and “Beautiful Tomorrow.” This is another solid ballad from Park Hyo Shin. The message of the song is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy this song, as well.
#. Paul Kim – Me After You
I seem to always find the good songs so late. I need to get my game together and seek out more treasures like this song. This is another beautiful and well-produced piece. Paul Kim’s delivery on this song is charming. “Me After You” is a great love song, and I absolutely enjoy listening to it.
#. Noel – How About You
If you are not aware already, Noel is actually a ballad group consisting of four equally amazing singers. Their voices are so alluring, and I always find myself playing their songs on repeat. They are quite older in the Korean music scene and have earned the well-deserved respect and recognition from other artists. “How About You” is a great release from them, so I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.
So there it is, this is the end of my list, but I am sure there many other songs that ooze coziness for this cold winter season. So feel free to leave me your song selections in the comments. To hear the full versions of any of these listed songs Here is a link to the YouTube playlist I created –YouTube Winter Playlist