Acousticbug

Well, well, well. It seems people do read this nonsense after all! My recent posts about Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. elicited a response from David Bova, who performs as Acousticbug. He says he’s not keen on GCWCF, and asked me if I’d like to have a listen to his work, which is available on his MySpace page. Well, I’m always open to hearing something new, so off I clicked. And I’m glad I did. :smile:

There are four tracks currently available, and they are pretty damn good indeed. Solo vocal, acoustic guitar and some simple backing. Now it’s been said that one way to tell if a song is a really good song as opposed to a good track[1] is to strip it down to guitar and voice and see if it still sounds good. And these songs do indeed sound rather good.

Comfort: The first thing you’ll hear on the site, and a good introduction to Acousticbug: David’s voice is beautifully clear, with the kind of gentle Scottish accent that I always find pleasing.

When all you want is comfort
all you get is pain
your trying hard to make some sense
your mind will go insane

and when all the world surrounds you
and trouble fills your mind
searching for the answers
with your heart and soul combined

Quite lovely. Well deserving of your attention.

Where’d The Moonlite Go: It has to be a good sign when you find yourself singing along with a song on the second listen. The lines:

but i dont know who you are
yet ive known you all my life

have lodged themselves deep into my brain, and they’ve made themselves quite comfortable there. Again, it’s the simplicity of the musical arrangement that allows the voice and the song to shine through.

Dress size too small: A live recording, which has a rather sad feel to it. But in this context, that’s a good thing.

To The Sky: Now this is something special. It sounds like it ought to be an old folk song that’s been handed down for generations, or at the very least the product of someone who’s been writing for a lot of years. But no. It’s been written by a young man[2] who’s just at the beginning of his career. It’s a familiar folky theme – the thoughts of a dying man:

I felt my breath expire
as my body
and my clothes
leave me now forever

but when will I see
the wind thats shakes the barley
and how love grows
on just a whisper

and will you fall for another
as your heart mends and recovers
send my love to my sister
send my love to my brother

And it’s sung with so much feeling, that it works quite wonderfully.

Acousticbug is currently unsigned. If by any chance any A&R type people accidentally find themselves here, can I just suggest that you sign him immediately?

And for everyone else, get over to MySpace and enjoy the music.

That’s the first time a musician has actually asked me to review their material, so full points for that. Oh yes, he gets extra points for listing Neil Young as an influence. :wave:

[1] Important distinction: for instance, New Order’s Blue Monday is a quite excellent track, but it’s not much of a song, really
[2] I don’t know how old he actually is, but in his pictures he looks outrageously young to be making such mature-sounding songs.