About Young Man
melodies and lean, spellbound guitar lines of Colin Caulfield, an English/French
lit major who?s about to change what it means to be a shape-shifting singer-songwriter
in the YouTube age.
Just ask Bradford Cox. He knows. Why, just a year ago, the Deerhunter frontman
stumbled upon Caulfield?s organ-grinding rendition of “Rainwater Cassette
Exchange” and said it?s “fantastically superior to the original. It actually sent
shivers up my spine, especially during the second verse.”
Believe it or not, that chilling cover was just a warm-up session. As killer as he is
at capturing the very essence of everything from Animal Collective to Ariel Pink,
Caulfied?s true talent is in telling his own Young Man stories. The first chapter of
which goes by the name Boy, a deceivingly-simple suite of songs about wanting
to grow up without having the slightest idea of what ?being a man? actually
Now that?s a reason to hit rewind, from the tone-setting tenderness and psych-infused
harmonies of “Five” to the restless rhythms (Caulfield was a drummer
well before he became a singer/guitarist) and room-engulfing intimacy of “Up So
Fast.” Both of which feature some of the most hopeful/haunting choruses you?ll
hear all year.
And that?s just the beginning, of course. Since Young Man was conceived as a
concept project about the passing of time, love, and loss, Caulfield already has
two loosely-linked LPs on tap—a faceless collection of fragile characters that
could be any one of us, really.
“A lot of it?s autobiographical,” explains Caulfield, “but it?s universal at the same
time, because everyone goes through these things.”
Listen closely. It?ll all make sense soon enough. Trust us.