Joe Kaplow has spent his fair share of time on the road. And despite having recently completed a two and a half month solo tour of the continental United States, the Santa Cruz, CA-based singer/songwriter is already preparing for his next trip.
It was on tour nearly two years ago that he met Allison, the eponymous inspiration behind his new single. Allison is a young woman that Kaplow met in Baltimore and with whom he fell quickly in love. It was a hurricane romance with a femme-fatale type who (Kaplow realizes retrospectively) was always looking right through him without truly seeing him. Though the relationship ultimately ended, Allison sees Kaplow exploring the relationship not with bitterness, but with weightless introspection, echoing trembling falsetto and fingerpicked folk guitars over shuddering refrains: “Allison, you’ve got me running circles again.”
Kaplow’s upcoming debut album often takes stock of its own scenarios, regarding itself plainly from a distance as Kaplow discusses his own struggles in cathartic musings overlaid with folksy guitar stylings reminiscent of Paul Simon or Tallest Man on Earth. Dealing with traveling and the accompanying loneliness, depression, seclusion, death, and the fractured dichotomy between finding literal and figurative homes, Kaplow’s take on song based music is the kind that you can put on repeat and then save in your pocket for when you need something to pull you through a difficult time.