California-based indie singer-songwriter David Serby is off in a new musical direction with his latest release David Serby And The Latest Scam. The double CD contains 20 tracks culled from an original 50. On this audio offering Serby (rhythm guitar and vocals) is assisted by producer Edward Tree (lead guitar and keys), Gregory Boaz (bass) and Dale Daniel (drums).
The first disc opens on “True Love”. It’s a high-energy track with effective hooks on an album that blends his former Americana music with retro-pop. The second selection is “Amnesia” which was inspired by a conversation with a friend.
“I ran into a friend at a show one night who I hadn’t seen in awhile. I asked him where he’d been and he said he had a new girl who he had been spending time with . . . and you know how that goes. I got to thinking about it and I realized that a lot of times a guy or girl will get a new squeeze and they’ll kind of forget about everything they’ve been doing and all the people they’d been hanging out with before they met that person. That night I went home and wrote a song about a guy who falls in love with a girl named ‘Amnesia’ and forgets everything.”
“When Couples Fall In Love” carries on the themes of communication and relationships here. It’s followed by “Waiting Out The Storm”. This musical metaphor is already an early favorite of online critics.
“Ain’t No Way To Live” is also included here as Serby continues to show listeners what he’s got. “You’re Bored” is a common sense cut that many should take to heart and is also an early fan favorite. “I’ll Meet You There” is one of two ballads on the project.
It’s one of his most effective efforts. Serby says it’s “about being able to connect with someone emotionally that you can’t actually connect with physically any longer. How you each have a place saved in your heart that will always belong to that other person.”
The consistency continues on Disc 2 with “What She’s Running From” as the lead-in. “Breaking News” follows but is perhaps overshadowed by the more direct, early fan favorite “I Still Miss You”. “Rumor of Our Own” follows the overall ideas here.
“Everybody Loves a Fool” is also already receiving kudos from online critics. “Critic’s Choice” though goes to “Pretty Little Kitty”. It maintains Serby’s signature sound and works well for those who likes curling up with a little kitty.
“Better With My Hands” is one of the best tracks on the disc. It has a night-universal message. Serby explains that the song “is about how men and women communicate differently, especially when things are not going well. Men have a tendency to climb into a dark hole to process their confusion and anger. They’re struggling to find words that’ll fix the relationship. The irony is that a lot of time women don’t need the words.”
Disc 2 also includes the decidedly non-religious “Gospel Truth”, the appropriately blues-tinged “Tumbleweed Blacktop Blues” and the closing cut “Like She Was Never Here”. Overall, it’s a multi-genred musical mixture that makes it clear that Serby both knows what he’s doing even if he has deservedly over-indulged himself a bit here. “Breaking News”? If “You’re Bored”, check out David Serby’s David Serby And The Latest Scam.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.