Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Buck Meek released his first solo material, a three-song live album, in 2013. Backing him on the recording was soon-to-be bandmate Adrianne Lenker, and both musicians' solo endeavors were soon sidelined to a significant degree by the success and continual touring of their band, Big Thief, which formed the following year. Meek did manage to put out an eponymous solo debut on the Austin-based Keeled Scales label in 2018.
Buck Meek sings a bit like someone who didn't expect to find himself singing. When the Big Thief guitarist opens his mouth, he comes off slightly hesitant and bashful, not entirely committed to the pitches or the rhythm. He sounds like he might be singing just over your shoulder, so even when he lets a little goose-honk crack disrupt his voice, he's appealing and warm.
It's not exactly necessary to know that for 'Two Saviors', Buck Meek headed down to New Orleans in the heat of summer to record, one block from the Mississippi. But it doesn't hurt. A feather-light collection of alt-country, packed with pedal steel, lilting melodies and Buck's own evocative Texan burr, whether it's the tranquil 'Candle' (co-written with day job bandmate Adrianne Lenker) or the playfully bumbling 'Ham on White', Buck's latest outing is a soothing antidote to literally everything else 2020 has thrown our way.
On his second album away from Big Thief , Buck Meek leads off with an effort to broaden our vocabulary. "Pareidolia," the song, and pareidolia, the word, relate to seeing objects in things where none was intended to appear. Think seeing the Virgin Mary in the contour of a cornflake. Meek also has multiple songs here that reference heterochromia (having two different eye colors), yet that word fortunately does not appear in the songs.