The impressive melodies and captivating guitar lines of Young Man’s Colin Caulfield, an English/French lit major at Loyola University Chicago and a shape-shifting singer-songwriter, has all the ingredients needed to compete with the latest and greatest.
His newest album, Boy, is a heartwarming soliloquy defining the most precious moments of a boy’s childhood. With sounds similar to Panda Bear and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Caulfield’s honest self shines through in his genuine lyrics telling his own stories of what it’s like being a young man.
Tracks like “Boy,” “Home Alone,” “Bedtime,” and “Playtime” resonate with the fact that growing up is tough and becoming a man can be even tougher. There’s no deficiency of imagery that will take us back to those perplexing years of adolescence, of learning how to deal with development and learning who we are and how we feel about it. Although the songs speak about his disconcerting childhood, there is no confusion in Caufield’s voice, which draws us into the cosmic forces that he dances with.
At 21 years of age, Caulfield said he doesn’t plan to continue his journey as Young Man much longer. “Actually when I started [Young Man] it had a beginning and end. I think I’ll be putting out only one or two more EPs and I have two full-lengths written already,” he says. “So the project is very much mapped out. After the next two full-lengths, I’ll just be done with the whole writing about youth, writing about growing up and whatever comes with that. I’ll want to move on to something else.”
If you’re into his solo stuff, check out the videos he’s posted of himself covering the likes of Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Ariel Pink, and Bon Iver on YouTube.