Reviews of Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas by Buck Curran, Obsolete Recordings, 2018
Buck Curran returns with his acoustic guitars for a new album with the most intimate and delicate flavors. Let’s start with the title “Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas” which is already a declaration of intent, a clear reference to the mystical current of American acoustic music that in years of underground rebellion, of attempts to redefine an alternative culture to the American mass capitalism has produced some of the most beautiful and interesting pages of acoustic guitar music.
Seventeen tracks in total, some of which were presented as “alternative versions” for a record entirely dedicated to Buck’s sons: Shylah, Liam, and Francesco; to each of which Curran dedicates a song, an inspired piece.
The musical references of Buck Curran are always the same: Basho, Fahey, Indian and Eastern music, an almost mystical vision of reality. But on this record I seem to perceive something new. I seem to feel a greater maturity, perhaps the result of the recent move me home Curran, the birth of the new child, the arrival in Italy, new friends, new meetings, but above all greater tranquility and greater awareness. The result is a music that sounds pleasantly fresh and serene, intense and bright, conscious and mature. Really good.