Every singer-songwriter has their own coming into their own moment, and Albert Kass’ has arrived at his with the debut of his new record Young Old Man. The album title hints at its content, a thoughtful deliberation on life, ageing, wisdom, and learning. As a young person, Kass has experienced a lot and learned even more about himself and the world in which he lives.
But, despite that experience and knowledge, he still struggles to find a personal identity that is true to him and one that he is comfortable with. Along with its compelling melodies, soft vocals, and spot-on acoustic guitar riffs, Young Old Man transports the listener on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of life while also emphasizing the importance of embracing the moment and not letting it get away from you.
Elaborating on the motivations behind Young Old Man, Kass offers:
“The hardest thing about being a human is likely our capacity to relive trauma. Among other things, this record was born of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through (up to that time), namely, the death of my ego. It’s gone now. I have no pride, no shame, no falsities about who, or what, I am. I am simply me. This record was a giant first step toward embracing myself, as an artist. It’s my worst fears, happiest moments, and everything in between, rolled into one.”
The emotional connection with his songwriting evident throughout Young Old Man was formed at a young age for Kass, as it was the one artform that he felt was most suited to expressing his creativity. He felt particularly attracted to darker melodies, partially thanks to hearing his sister play many of them on the piano. This inspired him to start writing his own pieces of music. As his ability to compose melodies came along, he realized that he better start using his voice and singing over them, which spawned this solo adventure he is on.
Growth is a lifelong proceeding, and Young Old Man is the culmination of that process, a statement on who he is as a person and as a songwriter.
Young Old Man Track Listing:
2. Shallow Sea
6. Same Lie
7. No Sun
8. The Void
11. Formidable (For Me Dabla)