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First things first: I don't know if Buva is a first name, a last name, me, or the name of this dude's pet cow. It doesn't really matter when the music is this good.
Buva, a multi-instrumentalist who plays most of the music on Daydream, is a modern rock alchemist in the Matthew Sweet/Beck mold. You could call it low-fi alterna-pop, I suppose. What I mostly hear, though, is crunchy guitars, subtle, shimmering loops and textures, layered harmony vocals on the choruses, and song after song arranged and produced with Brian Wilson-like care.
The crunchy guitars are most evident on leadoff track "Be Good To Yourself," which has an upbeat, effervescent Ben Kweller feel. Even on this fairly straight-ahead track, though, you'll notice interesting textures and miscellaneous odd noises lurking in the background. The sonic variety quotient grows again with "Another World," which throws enough musical twists, turns and production flourishes into the pot to draw the inevitable Sgt. Pepper's comparison.
Each of these five densely populated tracks presents a potent mixture of offhanded casualness and calculated sweep that immediately suggests the adjective "cinematic." It's no surprise, then, to find out that over the past eighteen months Buva has placed a number of these and other songs with movie soundtracks and TV series (Stuck On You, The OC, Tru Calling, One Tree Hill, Wonderfalls, etc.). It fits.
I wish I could tell you more about the Buvonic One, but his disc arrived with no press kit and his Web site is decidedly short on biographical details. Satisfy your own curiosity and/or purchase this terrific little disc at his website. Meanwhile, I'm going back in for another listen to see what else I can catch...
bucketfull of brains
The five-track Daydream EP from Buva is a real find. With its layered vocals and rich production style it draws comparisons to the work of Adam Schmitt. The songs are immediate, but also seem to develop over subsequent listenings.
Powerpop in the Matthew Sweet-school is what we're dealing with here. And really good powerpop I must say. The EP opens up with "Be Good To Yourself" and it's just a plain good track. But in second out "Another World", Buva really shows us that he wanna be a part of the premiere division of powerpop. A song that is the missing link between the highlight days of Costello mixed with modern guys like Matthew Sweet. It's a great tune and the superlatives continue in third out "She Gets Around", that smells Jellyfish goes Adam Schmitt a long way. Fourth out "Daydream" could have been a tune on the "girlfriend" album with Matthew, and is real damn good. Last song on the EP is the softer "I Fall Asleep" that feels like the missing link between Elvis Costello and Ben Folds. So surf away to CD BABY and buy this great powerpop-EP at once folks. And it's cheap too! A big bravo to Buva. I want a full-length album now!
I have become totally and utterly and unapologetically addicted to Daydream , the debut EP from Los Angeles' soon-to-be stars, Buva. How could I be anything but hooked on this Todd Rundgren-meets-Jellyfish -meets nobody else ear-candy? Apparently there's been a growing buzz for this little band that can, and the utterly goregous "She Gets Around" has started to receive airplay on the esteemed no-bullshit radio station KCRW.
These five songs really don't play games with you, either. A reaction--and addiction--is immediate. I know that I found myself hitting the repeat button afterwards. These songs have a radio-friendly sound, thanks in part to the production of Andy Chase (Ivy, Tahiti 80), and songs such as "Daydream" and "I Fall Asleep" certainly could--in fact, should be radio hits. All of the songs will remind you of--without ever sounding like--what made Ben Folds Five so damn great. Clever, intelligent lyrics, great music, and an affecting vocalist are three factors that have conspired to make Buva a band to watch. Expect to see them in the "next big thing" category, and feel assured that at least they've got it right.
Really, why shouldn't Buva be on the radio? Why is melody and intelligent songwriting something to be feared? Why do young, intelligent people automatically assume that music that's popular must be void of intelligence, and must be something greater than what it is? Why must music that's not aimed for Joe Undergraduate or High School Sulkiteen be dismissed as something less than cool? Buva are a prime example of this. These guys should be freakin' huge, and I have to give them major props for making music that doesn't aim for "target demographics," AKA the ficlke teenage set. Buva is meant for intelligent thinkers, lovers of melodic pop music, and if that means that the "kids" don't get it, that's FINE. One day, the kids will understand. One day, the youth of today will appreciate good music and smart songwriting.
When they grow up.
(Hi-Fi Motion): Ivy's Andy Chase produces this 5 song disc, but that does not mean that Buva is a fellow lounge popster. The first song, "Be Good to Yourself", is a dead bang winner. The song is reminiscent of some of the recent work of Jason Falkner and Brendan Benson, both in structure and the intelligent arrangement, that makes great use of sonic space. Buva has a bit more of a laid back vocal style, so the song is punchy with an undercurrent of mellow, which works very well. Buva takes a bit of a post-modern Magical Mystery Tour on the Beatle-y "Another World", with jangly guitar, mellotrons and both a strong lead vocal and fantastic guitar solo during the instrumental break. "She Get's Around" seems to find a mid-point between the contemporary Falkner pop of the first cut and lite psych-pop of the second cut. It has a terrific floating feel grounded by a catchy chorus. Buva is engaged with the song, so there is real emotion hear and not someone just showing off his techique. "Daydream" shows off some edge and humor ("jerk offs one and all/they're the ones who should be on the wall/they're the ones who didn't bring the ball to the game/you're fans are so lame/please forgive me if I'm not the same"). The finale, "Beautiful", is a wonderful piano based ballad, with synthesized strings, what sounds like a glockenspiel, some lead guitar from Chase – the song has real staying power. For the most part, Buva is an artist who is informed by ‘60s influences of the highest order, with little need for playing the retro card. Every aspect of this EP is top notch. I anxiously await his next release, as he is tremendously talented.
--Mike Bennett, Capsule Reviews
Buva does his Todd turn with this fine EP, co-produced with Ivy's Andy Chase and it is premium pop of the highest order in the Jason Falkner mode. Yup, that good! Probably somewhat under the radar but "Another World" is the kind of epic ballad that Todd would kill for now and "Daydream" is pure hilarity married to Brian Wilsonesque hysterics. Bravo! Encore! Maestro!
An great, great debut EP whose only problem is that it is, alas, 5 song release. We drop the name of Matthew Sweet here a lot and we have to here, along w/ Sloan, Velvet Crush and Jellyfish ("Daydream" coulda been an outtake off of "Bellybutton") As we do here, we call attention the soundbites to check out these morsels, but we get a kick out reading in the bio that Buva(one man) wanted to do this record in the vein of McCartney's first two solo records and much of Todd Rundgren's 70's output. Darn, if don't work as incredibly well as those artists. "I have become totally and utterly and unapologetically addicted to "Daydream". How could I be anything but hooked on this Todd Rundgren-meets-Jellyfish-meets nobody else ear-candy? Clever, intelligent lyrics, great music and an affecting vocalist are three factors that have conspired to make Buva a band to watch. Expect to see them in the "next big thing" category, and feel assured that at least they've got it right"-Mundanesounds.com. Extremely Highly Recommended.