Seth Davis: home
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!
Welcome! My new record is ready & available at cdbaby.com. 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