SaltnPaper is a group started by Michael Y. Kim (MYK). MYK is known for doing hip hop, as well as working closely with Epik High specifically Tablo. He decided to start SaltnPaper, therefore creating a new identity and furthering himself away from his hip hop image. SaltnPaper genre usually falls under soft rock and even folk music. I found out about him about a month ago or so. I do not know much of his work as MYK; I mainly know his work from SaltnPaper. So far he has 3 albums; “SaltnPaper” (mini album), “Awe Fine”, and his most recent one that came out this year is “Spin”.
After listening to all three albums, he became one of my favorite artist and maybe even my favorite artist of this year. His music is so relaxing and calming to listen to, it is easy to hear if you are doing homework, traveling, or just wanting to rest. He has a variety of English and Korean songs throughout the three albums. Every song he makes is amazing and you can see the hard work that is put into them. When watching him perform live, he becomes his music. The passion and the love can be seen through how he carries himself when performing.
First let’s talk about his mini album, “Saltnpaper”. The first song that I love listening to is, “Autumn”. It is a very smooth and relaxing, it has a very refreshing sound to it as well and creates a very comforting vibe. “LoveStrong” is another great song, this is a duet with Tablo. The rap and the softness that SaltnPaper has in his music mixes perfectly together. The two different styles of the artist is well heard in the song but well mixed. There are
more songs in the album but these are just a few I wanted to mention. As I was listening to his second album, “Awe Fine” I encountered the song, “Perfect”. It makes me feel as I am floating, but it also has impactful vocals by MYK. Then a girl’s voice appeared that gave the song a delicate sound. This voice sounded very familiar and it took me awhile to realize that it was Park Shin Hye. I was pleasantly surprised. This has became one of my favorite songs, her voice and MYK’s voice create such a perfect duet. This is one of his more folk like songs. The song “Rich Man of Ten” has a hint of Jamaican influence to it, but it is a lot more rock. This song has a bit more of a beat compared to others, it makes me want to move a bit more. The song “Choice” is one of my favorites of this album. He raps a bit more as well as sings. It is very flowy and creates a very cloud like feeling when listening to it, it is very transick like. This song shows both his vocal and rapping skills. The song “Heart of it All”, is one that I just love! It is very upbeat. It also has a simple but awesome message; everything is going to be okay. I love it songs that make me want to be in such a good mood and this is one of them. “One Heat” is one of the best songs off of the three albums (in my personal opinion) every time I listen to it, it gives me guess bumps. It is one that is constantly on my head. The vocals and the instrumentals are just so damn perfect. He has an English and a Korean version (with a duet), personally I enjoy his English version more, I guess because I can understand it and there is more meaning to it for me.
His recent album is, “ Spin” another great album. With all three he does not really change his style, which is something I like because it fits him perfectly, but this third album has a bit more of a 90s and early 2000’s feel. The album starts of with the song, “Mine” which is perfect. It is basically a sad love song but the instruments give off a bit more of a upbeat sound. I love the contrast between his lyrics and the song itself. His song “Heavy Muse” is not as soft at all, it is more rock, but it fits him very well. I really enjoy listening to , “ What A Place”, I love the piano background, every time he uses the piano in his music, I always seem to enjoy it. “What A Place” is more youthful because of the lyrics. When I listen to it my imagination is a lot more active, it is a lot more pure and innocent.
There are a lot more songs that I did not go over, but I just wanted to mentions the ones that stood out to me from each album. The SaltnPaper image that MYK has now is amazing and I feel like he creates a sound that you immediately associate him with. I cannot wait to listen to more, even though he has been putting out a lot of amazing music recently, but I just cannot get enough of him. If for some reason you have not listened to his albums go and do so now, trust me you will fall in love with his voice and musical talent.
Here is his music video for “One Heart”
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