Jose Delhart – Little Red Buddah
self released 2009
[tags: acoustic, folk, psychedelic]
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Today’s post was made possible by a good friend of mine, Hlynur Gudjonsson. He recommended Jose Delhart’s music to me a couple of days ago and I’m glad he did so because Jose makes very fine music you should know of. Hailing from Brooklyn/New York he will soon release his first record which goes by the name Little Red Buddah. It should have been released by now but he is still remastering some tracks and so there is a little delay.
I would call Delhart’s music some sort of psychedelic folk because he is not the man who is satisfied with just his voice and his guitar play. He also adds fiddle, cello?, ukelele, scattered percussions and drums to his tracks giving them an extra dimension and creating a warm but sometimes almost ghostly atmosphere. Take the title track as an example with its hesistant melodies combined with a hint of country music – this is truly great acoustic entertainment. Another example for great singer-songwriter abilities is No Tengo A Nadie (sung in Spanish) with this squeaky rocker sound in the background combined with spooky flute sounds at the end. This track is really dark…
But along with all darkness the album isn’t always in such a dismal mood – sometimes there are more vigorous moments as in Trails Of Gold or in Accountability. In the end Little Red Buddah can be an intense experience if you really listen to the composition of the songs. If you do and if you are ready to follow, Jose’s feelingly voice will softly lead you through any kind of saddened emotion – and nobody should miss such a journey.
If you are interested in Little Red Budda, head over to Jose Delhart’s Last.fm page and prelisten the whole album (but consider that some tracks are not remastered yet). If you want to get a physical copy get in touch with him via his MySpace site. And at this point let me continue a thought of Hlynur Gudjonsson, because I agree with him that Little Red Buddah can be considered a way better album than What Will We Be which was quite recently released by Devendra Banhart. This maybe sounds hard, but I think What Will We Be just isn’t one of the best records this year.