Young Man – Boy Album Review

With Young Man’s latest EP, Boy, it seems that singer-songwriter Colin Caulfield is very much entrenched in a past long gone. Boy‘s seven tracks are centered almost exclusively around themes of childhood and growing up, bearing song titles like “Bedtime” and “Home Alone,” and featuring autobiographical lyrics to match.


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The album starts with “Five,” which delves into painfully honest territory immediately. Lyrics like, “Daddy, won’t you come down here?/ Won’t you just lend me your ear?” surely must’ve been difficult to pen; one can almost relate to how fallible Caulfield must have felt when writing them. And despite the fact that such subject matter could easily have turned creepy, Caulfield’s approach — simultaneously full of humility and bravado — saves Boy from any such negative associations. Even if he has no idea what it is to be a man — as the lyrics imply, with lines like, “Trying hard to find/ A better place and a better state of mind” — he certainly knows what it is to be a successful songwriter.

Boy is wrapped up tight in reverbed vocals and lies comfortably on a bed of dreamy psychedelic pop elements. The main difference between this release and those typically found in the subgenre, though, is that it lacks the level of abstraction that’s typically associated. Most of the album’s success begins with very obvious lyrical repetition and recollections of memories and feelings from Caulfield’s life. Boy is an example of an artist taking a simple route to achieve fullness.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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