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Get Life Is Long.
Review by Jason Broome in Chronogram-February, 2016
The lyrics, music, performers and production on Seth Davis' fourth album are all top-notch. But, beyond that, it is easily accessible by young and old, square and hip, the blissfuly ignorant mainstream and the manically well-informed depressive. Davis is an old-soul troubadour in a 21st-century landscape. A Dylanesque mingling of Jakob's easy-on-the-ears-and-brain voicings and lyrics with Bob's personal and societal demons lurk insightfully lurking about. Instantly memorable songs like "Love Part 2" have an indie-folk pop feel reminiscent of the Wallflowers, whereas others waltz into familiar shades of The Band. And, like much of the art borne in the shadow of the Gunks, the mountain jags and whisper-winds dig their meat hooks into the blood and sinew of Life is Long. From the catchy singalongs to the clap-hands stomps, age-old themes and melodies are steeped and rebirthed with glorious sediment and a garnish of gritty polish. Familiar names like Rhett Miller (Old 97's) and Simon Felice make appearances, but it is the lesser knowns that star and sprinkle fairy dust about like glitter at a rave. Sufjan Stevens would be most approving of Jim White's production which includes trombone, cello, pedal steel, dobro, trumpet, flute, and violin. Marlon Patton's drums and bass drive us home. Guitarist John Burdick's (Sweet Clementines) tasty licks and grab-you tones are appropriately irreverant standouts and the guest vocals of Marianne Tasick, Jason Sarubbi, and others lay the beautiful and final complement of dichotomy to Davis's heart-torn highway registers. SethDavis.com."
It was produced by Jim White and features performances by Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Simone Felice (The Duke and the King, The Felice Brothers), and many more.
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What else……ok…more soon when Life Is Long is here!
Review of Morning Songs in the April '13 issue of the Chronogram
"Jules Shear. Immediately. Not quite exact, but shimmeringly close. There's a flavor in the voice. And it's the first thing you think of when Seth Davis begins to sing. Jules Shear. As Davis's third and latest disc, Morning Songs, unfurls, you being to think even more of Shear. How could that be a bad thing? It's not just the voice. It's the casual precision, the arc of melody, the weight of lyric. None of this means that Davis is an imitator, a monkey on Shear's stick. I don't even know that he's heard of Shear. But there is a shared economy, and it's a delightful place to start."
"A Softer Place to Land" opens the disc with a folk rock lilt and perhaps the album's weakest set of lyrics. But the forced hook doesn't prevent you from hitting repeat. Others, better, follow- the haunting waltz "Flannel and Blue (Laura's Song)," the relentlessly groovy "Kim," and the remarkable "Whole Life Crisis"- amplifying Davis's simple qualities. He has a keen way with both story and telling. Aimee Mann's "Mr. Harris," for example, is sung from a new point of view, not just male, but two steps to the side. Sonically, it's less baroque and little less catchy. But there's an earthiness that's worth the trade. A Queen's native, Davis's roots stretch back to the East Village anti-folk haunts of the early 90's, and that conflict- between writing, rocking, and respecting roots- is still playing out in the metaphorical grooves of Morning Songs.
Chronogram magazine, April 2013
For the holiday season, here is a live performance of
my original single 'I Believe'.
This is an updated version. Ramblings on a confusing Jewish upbringing
and years of formulating values the hard way.
Director/Editor: Beth Cramer
SETH DAVIS Reaches KICKSTARTER Goal!
Old news now, but thanks to my fans and friends, I was able to complete and promote my third record. Morning Songs is sweet & sad. Pretty & troubling. Kind of like a good chunk of my past. Thanks to all of you who came through and made this effort a reality. Please watch my Kickstarter video to hear about it.
Morning Songs can be purchased at CDbaby.com.
“Seth Davis establishes himself as a poet of notable talent..” Creations
“Seth Davis is a passionate creative force and a passionate performer...his music screams passion even in the quietest of interludes...” John Blenn Long Island Entertainment