If you haven't heard, The Astronomer is out with their second album.It's called "You Could Be Something When You Disappear", and the title track, like much of their work, features hauting melodies and spacious, lush orchestrations. Their captain is Charles Kim - one of Chicago's most respected songwriters and arrangers.' Chicago Public Radio, 2010.
'Cinematic space trip Americana!' Marty Lennartz, WXRT 93.1 Chicago 2009.
'(Charles Kim is) one of Chicago's most unsung talents.' Time Out Chicago, July 10, 2008.
'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.