Enter Kevin Scoma, prolific Buffalo-based songwriter who has carved out a new niche for himself after over a decade of dedication to the craft. This fresh batch of songs comes along with a self-proclaimed spiritual awakening; whatever that enlightenment means to Scoma is clearly reflected in this beautiful and shimmering EP reminiscent of Elliot Smith, Bon Iver, and Radical Face.
Throughout his career, Scoma has truly cut his teeth across multiple genres – this time around, he seems to have finally found his true voice. Sea is full of haunting, acoustic-driven folk with subtle flourishes of electronics and left-field instrumentation, all of which suits his unique tenor. Opening track “I Was Never Afraid to Die” evolves from a simply strummed acoustic guitar into a surprisingly fuzzed-out guitar solo – a tactic he repeats on the equally stunning, banjo-tinged “Close to the Truth.” Other songs like “I’ll Be Around” take the opposite approach where Scoma opts for gauzy strings and cosmic arpeggios as his accompaniment.
EP highlight “Dream in the Daytime” is a re-imagining of an excellent song from one of Scoma’s previous projects. As a songwriter, sometimes a special song has a tendency to haunt you; even when it’s completed, it feels like it never got its fair share. Here, Scoma has given himself the chance to both breathe renewed life into “Daydreams,” and also finally put it to rest – giving it the sparkling, electronica-tinged folk treatment Scoma’s (probably) always had in mind. If that’s not a cathartic awakening, I don’t know what is.
Into the Weeping Sea is the sound of a songwriter finding his way, and for that reason (and many more), it’s absolutely worth your time. It’s available now on Bandcamp, Spotify, and anywhere else you can find music.