Release Date: May 22, 2012
Record label: French Kiss
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
I spoke to Colin Caulfield as an even younger man, back in 2010 right before his CMJ performances, when he was just 21. I could hear church bells ringing on his Catholic college campus during our phone interview. It was very romantic, accompanying the earnest, hopeful air of our conversation. He told me that his Young Man project had a semi-immediate end in sight, pending the release of three albums following the EP Boy.
Much like the recently released Prophet by Ramona Falls, Vol. 1 is Young Man’s second full-length and first to feature a full band. Another similarity? Both records are unbelievably good, jaw-dropping in their structure, creativity and overall artistry. Making Vol. 1 particularly impressive ….
For reasons only he can explain, singer-songwriter Colin Caulfield has fully embraced the narrative associations of his last name, going so far as to perform under the moniker Young Man and devote himself to a trilogy of LPs exploring the last days of youth and the prospect of oncoming adulthood. On Vol. 1, part two of the proposed cycle, Caulfield continues to showcase some seriously well-crafted shifts between proggy meandering movements and pop hooks.
There’s a great scene at the beginning of The Graduate where a family friend ambushes Dustin Hoffman’s character at his graduation party. She asks, “What are you going to do now?” in reference to his life plans/hopes/dreams, to which he responds uncomfortably, “I was gonna go upstairs for a minute.” It’s a scary thing to be on the precipice of adulthood, and sometimes it can make you want to just go up to your room and escape for a while. Colin Caulfield (a.k.a.
Vol. 1 is a misnomer. The latest LP from Young Man is actually the second in a three-album set that frontman Colin Caulfield mapped out in his college dorm room. The trilogy—which began with last year’s ambitious Ideas of Distance—is meant to portray “the trajectory of a young musician, first starting out, making mistakes, then growing up;” which makes an argument for Vol.
Beginning in 2009 with his YouTube channel and continuing on proper releases over the next two years, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Young Man's (Colin Caulfield) contemplative lyricism and almost otherworldly approach to pop put him on the map as a musician wise beyond his college-aged years. For his second full-length, Vol. 1, Caulfield took a new approach, bringing in a full band -- guitarist Emmett Conway, bassist Joe Bailey, synth player Jeff Graupner, and drummer Dylan Andrews -- as well as the Sea and Cake's John McEntire as producer for the first time, and while those changes contribute to his most fleshed-out sound yet, the record makes the case for Young Man keeping things more to himself.