Indie-folk singer/songwriter George Kamel talks about his newest full-length album, The Great Coward, and showcases his music on the INDIEvening segment of the Conversation Crossroad radio program.
Indie-folk singer/songwriter George Kamel’s The Great Coward is the third album from Kamel in the past 5 years, the first as part of Boston-based folk outfit Meadowlarks, the second under the pseudonym, Lapsley. With The Great Coward, Kamel is bringing a mature sound shaped by his past 2 years living in Mobile, Alabama which forced him to reevaluate his identity as a songwriter. Drawing influences from Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, and David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Kamel effectively unites the ethereal and earthly using an impressive array of folk instrumentation and poetic lyrics that guide listeners through a journey of beauty and pain.
Kamel spent his time in Mobile, AL developing a solid fan base and playing every venue, open-mic night, and coffee shop around. It wasn’t until performing at his university’s Student Songwriter Night in November 2011 that Kamel met producer, Matt Baker. Baker saw Kamel’s rare combination of talent and professionalism and knew right away he could take him to the next level. “This guy had it,” Baker said. “He had the composure, the talent, the stage presence, a sound that was all his own – which is hard to find these days.” Baker enthusiastically offered to partner with Kamel to produce a full-length album.
Three months and several discussions later, Kamel found himself at Studio Q, laying down scratch tracks for the tracks that would later make up The Great Coward. The entire process took over two months, but the efforts paid off according to Baker, who said Kamel’s new record is “extremely well representative of his vision.”
Kamel believes that The Great Coward represents a signicant season of personal growth. “I think the songs come from this place of wanting to escape the cynicism that I’ve been in for so many years now” he said. “It’s not necessarily that I’ve figured it all out – or that I have all the answers – but I’ve found the path I want to take and it’s time for me to grow up and pursue it.”
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