Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Young Man - Home Recordings vs. Live Performance

I had a mini love affair with Young Man aka Colin Caulfield's home recordings when I first heard them last Fall.  Take a listen to "Hands," one of my favorites.

They are delicate layered metaphor-driven odes to love, loss, and this thing we call life.  I think I fell for these recordings because they are so DIY you almost feel like you're in that room with him.  These are lay-in-your-bed-and-watch-the-dust-twirl-through-beams-of-afternoon-light type musings. Download here and try for yourself.

Today, on a whim, I googled "Hands" and found this live version.

Just when you think it can't get better...  What a remarkable performance.  It's pure perfection.  Honest, soulful, & unpretentious.  This live take reveals that underneath the veil of spacey reverb and foggy layers this is a concrete, well-written song.  I'm always in awe of young musicians who seem to have such wisdom in their work.

Really hope they make their way over to L.A.  I wouldn't miss that show...

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