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All This Humming

by Buva

Debut full length blends the horn-rimmed sophistication of Elvis Costello with the jubilant optimism of McCartney’s solo albums.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. She Makes Me Fall Down
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2. Out Of My Mouth
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3. Heart Don't Say...
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4. While The World Goes On
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5. Rolling By
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6. Something That I Need To Hear
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7. She Likes The Sound
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8. Nothing In The First
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9. Just Step Away
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10. Look Ahead
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11. The Way We Try
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12. Someday
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13. A Moment Like You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
buva’s latest full-length album All This Humming sets a new standard for homemade, radio-friendly pop beamed in from a bygone era.

The solo project of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Tom Wolfe, buva blends the horn-rimmed sophistication of Elvis Costello with the jubilant optimism of McCartney’s solo albums. Wolfe wrote all the music, played nearly all the instruments and sang all the songs on All This Humming. It’s a rush of good vibes and tight arrangements, a sonic trip bolstered by Wolfe’s memorable lyrics and creative production.

All This Humming represents a leap forward for buva. The 13 new tracks were mixed by Bryan Cook (Inara George, Michael Andrews) at Michael Andrews’ Elgonix studio and feature tasty guitar work by Lyle Workman (Beck, Frank Black, Jellyfish). Loopy illustrations from LA animator/designer/poet Geoff McFetridge round out the package, building on the theme of Wolfe’s homestyle production methods.

From the sun-kissed stanzas of “Out of My Mouth“ to the single-worthy blaze of “Something That I Need to Hear,” the songs are driving and direct, echoing both Revolver-era Beatles and vintage Beach Boys, but without a hint of maudlin sentimentality. And on “Just Step Away,” Wolfe opts for the scenic route, trading guitar-based power-pop for the wide-screen vistas of Hollywood symphonics. Mellotron and glockenspiel unfold in panoramic bliss, quietly reminiscent of Jon Brion’s themes for films like Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love. If you’re not moved, you’re not listening.

Like the humming of a well-worn turntable or the buzz from a magical amp, Wolfe’s songs feel familiar yet fresh, comforting yet ready to explode with new information. His melodic pop transmissions flow from the center of the galaxy, circle the planets and hover like shadows in the four corners of your mind.

It’s buva’s All This Humming. And it’s something that we all need to hear.

Bob Maynard
January 2007


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Pedro Calderín (Madrid - España)

Precioso ramillete de baladas y medios tiempos a cargo de un grupo que parece Ma
Precioso ramillete de baladas y medios tiempos a cargo de un grupo que parece Matthew Sweet desprovisto de raices y decantado hacia el Pop.

Elegancia, sentimiento y magníficas melodías en este primer larga duración de Buva.

Michael Hurd

All This Humming is beautiful, simple pop music.
Buva, All This Humming is refreshing. Simple, straight-forward songs with a touch of keys, synths, percussion and my favorite, lap steel. There is a nice mixture of ballads and upbeat tracks. My faves are Out Of My Mouth and Rolling By. This album is genuine, fun, captivating music. Well done Buva. Come back to Portland, Ore.!

clank

Did John Sebastian join the Beatles?
If John Sebastian from The Lovin Spoonful had joined the Beatles around the Strawberry Fields period it may have sounded like this!! Sounding remarkably like Sebastian the hazy melodies unfold throughout the cd with not a bad track in sight. Subtle Beatlesque touches such as backwards guitars, great harmonies and George-like slide provide the ideal setting for classic sonwriting.