Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he's serious about pop.
"I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney's melodies ? everybody complains about how nobody's doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art."
Except of course, it'... [More]s not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in Atlanta, Georgia, as Young's LP 'The Ground' is currently proving across the airwaves.
Take 'If We Moved to New York', a dreamy summer of a song, which beneath its wistful sheen conceals the desperation of a stumbling relationship: "Well, the paintings you began a year ago are face down in the car outside, colors that shine no more. And we would find our love again, I know, and everything would be all right, if we moved to New York."
Or, alternatively, 'Rags to Riches', an assualt on the media's constant repackaging of the American dream, with a radio-friendly, insanely sing-along chorus.
Young's natural gift for songwriting can now draw on over a decade's experience as a musician and producer. He released his debut record 'What If' in 1997, under his middle name Hudson. The jazz-influenced LP won Young not only critical acclaim but an international fan-base.
While working on its follow-up, he found time to sit behind the mixing desk for Tallahassee's Satori Bomb, Atlanta's The Sight-Seers and the late Laura Pooley. "In the studio," says Young, "I so often find myself trying to get artists to go beyond what's current and get to the guts of their own sound." He applied this ethos to his own work and 'The Ground' was the result ? a stunning collection of effortless pop songs.
The story of 'The Ground', first released in 2002, underlines the wisdom of finding your own sound and not bowing to popular trends. Young's album, despite many suitably ecstatic reviews, was largely overlooked in the same year his country fell in thrall to primetime television singing contests. The album's sheer quality, however, has guaranteed it an ever-growing reputation over the last seven years.
Now that the long reign of manufactured pop is apparently drawing to a close, it seems Young's moment has come. 'The Ground' has been rediscovered by university radio stations and coffee shops, catapulting his personal brand of hook-laden, intelligent yet defiantly commercial pop to a huge and enthusiastic new audience.
Young's third record is set for release later this year. This time, it's clear that the world will be ready and waiting.!