Itʼs enough to make you stop and say, “What is that?” It being the gorgeous
melodies and lean, spellbound guitar lines of Colin Caulfield, an English/French
lit major whoʼs about to change what it means to be a shape-shifting singersongwriter
in the YouTube age.
Just ask Bradford Cox. He knows. Why, just a year ago, the Deerhunter frontman
stumbled upon Caulfieldʼs organ-grinding rendition of “Rainwater Cassette
Exchange” and said itʼs “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 warmup session. As killer as he is
at capturing the very essence of everything from Animal Collective to Ariel Pink,
Caulfiedʼs 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 ʻbeing a manʼ actually
Now thatʼs a reason to hit rewind, from the tone-setting tenderness and psychinfused
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 youʼll
hear all year.
And thatʼs 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 itʼs autobiographical,” explains Caulfield, “but itʼs universal at the same
time, because everyone goes through these things.”
Listen closely. Itʼll all make sense soon enough. Trust us.