Colyn Cameron’s “Sad and Easy”
We’ve had “Sad and Easy,” the latest recording from Wake Owl frontman Colyn Cameron, on auto-play. Airy, soft, trippy, light, elegant, real — the music is simultaneously catchy, in the best tradition of pop songs, and ethereal, in the best tradition of anti-pop. Cameron has a singular voice, androgynous leaning toward feminine, that goes down, well, easy. Some of the songs are indeed sad; all of them, though, assay a wide range of human feelings. And all of them contain lovely moments of poetry and grace. Cameron manages the impressive trick of making music that’s both profound and compulsively listenable.