You remember him, right? On the Friday Fiver…a week or two ago? ‘Member, I said this:
Give Up the Fright by Buckman Coe on his current CD, Latest Waking
This song? Comfortable. Soothing without being patronizing. Lovingly crafted and balanced yet delivered with an effortless ease that belies its complexity. I love it…and I have to say that it took a few listens for me to “get it” – it’s almost TOO smooth, and flies under the radar. Listen again, though, because it’d be a shame to miss this.
(It’s like a snuggle in a comfy couch with down-filled pillows and a big glass of wine. Niiiiiice!)
We may have to do a complete post on Mr. Coe in the near future, eh? I have a feeling this onion’s got some interesting layers. 😉
Man, I love being right.
Per his YouTube Channel info, Rick Buckman Coe is 33, a musician and yogi. My buddy Jon over at Musebox describes him as sort of a cerebral singer/songwriter with a Jeff Buckley, Paul Simon, Ben Harper vibe.
I describe anyone who can interpret and play Nina Simone like THIS as an artist. Flat out, natural, ethereal and made of total win. Check it:
Now, I know we agreed a few weeks back that none of us has time for me to go into a full blown music critique, so I’ll just hit you with the highlights:
- He’s studied ecopsychology and worked in the counseling/mental health field. I’m guessing that’s the part of him that can tap into emotions and convey them in such a calm, soothing and non-threatening manner. Honesty in his lyrics resonates.
- He’s played in both Funk/Jam and World Fusion bands. I love a musician without specific genre, whose sound evolves organically. Dig. All these influences make for a warm, comfortable tapestry of sound that flows over and engulfs you. While you can hear the intricacies of his musicianship, one doesn’t overtake the other. It just works.
- His current CD, Latest Waking was predominately recorded in his apartment and at the homes of friends. I LOVE that – viva la DIY spirit!
My favorite : “Off the Beaten Path” :
And, to top it off – he’s good people! Not only did he send us a kick ass SHUFFLE…he added thoughtful commentary! Check his playlist below, then head on over to BuckmanCoe.com to grab Latest Waking.
It’s perfect summer music.
Buckman’s iPod Shuffle for Music Savvy Mom:
Chad has this Neil Young and indie vibe that is uniquely his own. Like many of his tunes, “Willow Tree” has this death theme that is poetic and sad in such a pretty way. When I found out he is from Canada (Calgary actually) I loved him even more for it.