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Album Review

Where Nighttiming had the patchwork charm of many homemade pop albums, Davy — the second album by Jason Schwartzman's one-man-band Coconut Records — is pulled together and streamlined, its elements flowing smoothly and logically from one point to the next. Nighttiming split the difference between witty, classicist power pop and moody acoustic melancholia, but Davy firmly sets up camp within Beatlesque pop, where even the songs built upon acoustic guitars — the delicate "Courtyard" and the two-step bounce "Wandering Around" — wind up scaling up to a luxuriant crescendo. Davy is pop so lush it's easy to disappear within it: Schwartzman layers his arrangements with small details, from stairstepping basslines to murmuring organs, yet he never overstuffs the songs, he never loses sight of the beauty of the melody. Schwartzman is so in love with '60s pop that he understands why both the songs and records work, why the melodies linger and the textures remain in the imagination. Part of the appeal of classic pop is its brevity, how it never overstays its welcome, and Schwartzman follows suit here. Only two songs here clock in over three minutes — and even then just barely, they don't cross the 3:30 barrier — and the whole affair is over in a half-hour, but nothing feels incomplete or unrealized; everything feels complete, a sense that was missing from Nighttiming but is welcome here. That sense of cohesion winds up emphasizing Schwartzman's considerable skills as a pure pop craftsman — in the late 2000s, there aren't many who match him — and turn Davy into a true delight.

Customer Reviews

Comfortable, a bit of Whimsy, and Very listenable!

Same lazy comfortable style as his first album. A bit of whimsy, very easy to listen to. I find Jason Swatzman's music to be very listenable right from your first listen through, like putting on an new piece of clothing that is so comfortable it feels like you must have owned it for years! It's an album you can listen to over and over and not tire of. Great for background music at a gathering of friends. Invariably someone will ask, 'What is this music?! I like it.' Very cross genre as well. Young and old equally appreciate it. Wholeheartedly recommeded!

Schwartztastic!

Davy is fun, fresh, and easy to listen to. Catchy and quirky...like Jason Schwartzman himself. A good soundtrack to any sunny and happy day!

Go Jason Schwartzman!

I was very excited to hear that there was a new coconut records cd out after listening to nighttiming over and over again in the car. Davy is definitely another great album by a very talented artist for people who don't neccacarily like mainstream tunes. :)

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Three years after his departure from Phantom Planet, musician/actor Jason Schwartzman returned to L.A.'s pop-loving circles with the solo project Coconut Records. Schwartzman had launched Phantom Planet in 1994 and served as the band's drummer for nearly a decade, simultaneously furthering his acting career with roles in Rushmore, CQ, Slackers, S1m0ne, and Spun. The offers increased once he left Phantom Planet's lineup in 2003, but Schwartzman nevertheless had trouble shaking music from his system....
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