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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

Imagine...

Imagine if the Beatles had Eliott Smith instead of Paul McCartney. If that sounds cool, buy this record.

Buy this album!

This is another amazing album from coconut records. If you don't have the first album, you need to buy that too. This guy makes albums that you want to play for all your friends. Any Fun and Saint Jerome are standout tracks. You should not go another day with out these albums.

Great Album

It's upbeat but not annoying. It's catchy but not corny. It's well produced but not over-produced. It's melody is exciting, but it's not poppy. The whole album is good--while there is an overall feel of the album, the tracks are distinct and different.

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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