I dove into Sima Kim’s music last year with Debris, an album I was not expecting to be so… ambient. It reminded me a lot of she’s Days releases, if anything. Very muted but rich in atmosphere.
I am, probably unfortunately, rarely in the mood for that genre of music. I got a little cautious when I caught whispers of a new release from the South Korean-born musician but surprisingly, Ur Silhouette is far more upbeat and engaging than anything I’ve heard from him before.
A pleasant cross between chillwave and drone, Ur Silhouette accomplishes a lot of what I liked out of Debris while still having enough substance to keep me engaged. Not to crap on drone/ambient or anything, I have no problem with it, but beyond establishing mood and space, I’ve never really felt much to connect with. Instead, Ur Silhouette adeptly uses echoing synths and beats to create atmosphere, with the ambient sounds complimenting the songs instead of being center stage in them. Kim’s down-tempo melodies fill every track and establishes a cohesive sound throughout the release, even when lightly treading into various genres.
That exploration into different leading sounds is why I find Ur Silhouette so engaging. The intensity of “Then I Could Just Die Today” is far different from “You Cast Shadow on My Sky” and its instrumental hip-hop stylings. “Isolated” is a particular treat as well, with superb vocals accompanying one of the finest electronic instrumentals I’ve heard in a while.
Going through Sima Kim’s discography is jarring. I’ve rarely seen a musician so prolific in such a short amount of time. I am sure this year will see a lot more releases from him and if they’re anything like Ur Silhouette, I’m really looking forward to them.
pji-longboard said: 안녕하세요 인디사이트로 simakim님의 노래를 잘듣고있고 소식을듣고싶어 이 앱까지 깔았습니다 몽환적이고 환상적인 사운드가 너무아름다워요 홍대에서 공연할계획은 없는지궁금해서요 공연을 보고싶습니다..음악이 음원ㅇ로나왔으면 좋겠어요 정말 오랫동안 지켜보았어요 ㅠ....
7월까지 계속 한국에서 활동하다가 지금은 유럽에 있네요…
그리고 한국에서 발매 된 앨범도 몇 개 있어요.
혹시 한국에서 발매 안된 음악이라면 제가 개인적으로 보내 드릴게요 :)
myself & ryuei kotoge is got featured on pitchfork.
2014 Sima Kim Japan Tour
Sima Kim - Don’t Fear For Me (Dntel Mix)
Vocal : Pierre Mottron
Artwork : Zelda Park
Sima Kim at 2.5D (tokyo) ft. Kazune Nogawa, Metronori, Masato Abe.