I keep in mind being pleasantly stunned when Kim Jaehwan made his solo debut – not due to the by-the-numbers ballad he promoted however due to the breadth of types he tried on the b-sides. Since then, I’ve discovered him to be a compelling voice performing materials that feels too middle-of-the-road and secure.
That pattern continues with new single Spring Breeze (봄바람), which isn’t a straight-up ballad however doesn’t enterprise far sufficient into new territory both. The instrumental injects some bounce, even when the percussion is sort of reserved. A voice like Jaehwan’s would completely kill over a thumping membership observe, although I do know he’ll by no means go in that route. Spring Breeze hinges on a whistling hook paying homage to classic western motion pictures. Shut your eyes and it’s straightforward to image a showdown at excessive midday in entrance of a dusty previous saloon. I’m unsure if that’s what the producers had been aiming for, however this musical motif is etched into my mind.
Jaehwan elevates the tune together with his efficiency. His vocal feels very easy, and that’s a comforting place to be as a listener. You understand he’s received this. There are some good melodic turns all through – particularly throughout the prolonged pre-chorus. However me being me, I crave extra chew and bombast. I want Spring Breeze went full bore for its refrain as a substitute of pulling again. Regardless of Jaewhan’s makes an attempt, an excessive amount of of the tune fades into the background. It’s actually a worthy piece of music, however I doubt it’ll stick in my reminiscence for lengthy.