Songs From An Empty Shore
This month's release of Songs From An Empty Shore from Indiana's Caleb McCoach is an acoustic delight. When his honest, unpolished folk vocals mesh with the simplicity of the guitar, piano or soft snare drum accompaniment, the music begins to define itself in simple, repetitive melodies. Instead of heavy distortion and fuzz, his often stiff voice carries over soft instrumentation and delicate rhythms.
Songs like "Some Men" showcase McCoach's intimately, experience-based songwriting. His songs are wrapped up in a struggle with identity and humanity, with an original sound that rests between folk and pop. The most comprehensive example of the beautiful simplicity of McCoach's writing is found in "Seaside Store," where a simple slant on a childhood tongue-twister is transformed into a song about living in the present. A bohemian-hymnal quality surrounds each song on this album, and a listen all the way through is a journey through loneliness, loss and a resurfacing of hope. This ability to transform the mundane observations into passionate perceptions is where McCoach hits his stride as a songwriter, and where listeners should pay attention.