Charles Kim has played with bands and aritsts such as Pinetop Seven (Truckstop/Atavistic), Sinister Luck Ensemble (Perishable), Will Oldham (Drag City), Boxhead Ensemble (Atavistic), Ken Vandermark (Atavistic), Pan American (Kranky), Fruit Bats (Sub Pop), and Chris Mills (Powerless Pop). He's also a film, TV, and theatre composer, working for Showtime, Chicago's Redmoon Theatre, and author Joe Meno. Jason Toth has drummed for The Handsome Family (Carrot Top Reords), and Geoff Dolce fronts Chicago's Lacona. The Astronomer has performed Low, Akron/Family, and Canasta.
'The Astronomer’s delicate art-pop songs, filigreed with pedal steel, vibraphone, and electronics, have a distinctly otherworldly feel despite their occasional rootsiness—it’s as though Kim learned songwriting by picking up radio signals in low earth orbit.' Chicago Reader, July 10, 2008.
'Charles Kim certainly ranks as one of Chicago's most prolific songwriters- and one of its best... The beautifully ethereal disc simply called 'The Astronomer', is full of evocative, hushed melodies.' AV Club, January 19, 2006.