Track: Bom Bom Bom | Artist: Roy Kim | Album: Bom Bom Bom (digital single)

Spring is in the air! Or, at least, it doesn’t seem as cold as it used to be, and I’ll take all the hopeful signs I can get. Here’s a slightly premature celebratory song. (Bom means spring in Korean, by the way.)

Roy Kim rose to fame in 2012 through the music competition show Superstar K4, where he eventually placed first. He tends to specialize in the kind of music that the American audience might recognize as vaguely Jason Mraz-ish: cheerful and aspirational, with a hefty helping of acoustic guitar. Later in his career, he would slightly shift his image to be a bit moodier, but the acoustic guitar remains a steady constant.

This song pairs well with warm breezes, the first pick-up basketball game of the year, or watching gentle waves lapping at the shoreline with someone you care about.