Patti Smith once described her childhood home of Pitman, New Jersey as the state “filled with pig farms, factories and swamps”. Yet it seems that Smith may have been doing a disservice to the town if the picturesque visuals from Bucolics home movie style videos are anything to go by.
Having released a number of one-off recordings and demos under the moniker of Bucolic since 2015, Far Out caught up for a chat with Seth Carpenter (aka Bucolic) to talk about his up coming debut album. We learnt more about his pensive new single Rope’s Wing and the predicament of potentially succumbing to the pre-prescribed path of so called ‘adulthood’.
What’s it like being a musician in Pitman, New Jersey?
It’s a two square mile suburban town that is actually home to a lot of musicians. The town itself is quiet and there’s hardly any nightlife, and no venues where you can perform live. Fortunately, I am located about twenty minutes outside of Philadelphia, which has a great music scene and is home to some of the most famous venues in the country. I perform in Philadelphia and New York regularly and that has been really helpful in sharing my sound with a bigger crowd in well-known venues.
Who has been involved in the making of your debut album?
I’m mainly a guitarist but I also play bass, piano, and drums. As far as writing/recording goes I do everything on my own. This album is being mixed and mastered by a friend at ‘Blackwood Recording’ in southern New Jersey.
How long has it been in the making?
Rope’s Wing officially started this May, but some of the songs and ideas for the album go as far back as 2015.
How did the idea for the video come about?
I make all of my videos myself using video that I take from my daily life. I try to make them a sort of ‘collage’ that, in some way, portrays the feeling/meaning of the songs I write.
What’s your new single ‘Rope’s Wing’ about?
Well, I’m 25 and haven’t “made it” with my music so I think there’s a lot of self-doubt and confusion around deciding between what I want my life to be and what I could be if I gave up on this artist dream and became another cog the machine of regular society. I used the idea of a rope swing to represent this dilemma because in one way they represent being a kid. Wild, creative and enjoying the ride of a simple creation and on the other hand a rope swing could represent the noose by which I hang my true self and fall in line with the rest of the world….or something like that.