Colin Caulfield has done quite a bit of growing up since he started Young Man in his Chicago dorm room four years ago. With the band's new effort, Beyond Was All Around Me, Caulfield and company close out the Young Man album trilogy with 11 tracks of sumptuous pop.
Opener "It's Alright" teases with a lulling guitar loop, stuttering snares and Caulfield's warm vocals. "In Time" ups the pace with a perpetual kick drum but still glides gently with airy guitars and more of Caulfield's harmonies. "Show Me How" slows to a crawl, swaying like a somber waltz graced by heavy chords, and "My Days" wanders with an aching piano intro and swelling strings that lead into tense, winding guitar interplay.
Beyond Was All Around Me is Caulfield's last album as Young Man; he'll move on to another moniker and project after it. The record is out April 9th on Frenchkiss, and Young Man will tour the United States from April 8th to May 10th. For more information and full dates, visit Young Man's website.