Buck Curran

No Love Is Sorrow

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No Love Is Sorrow is the third solo album by American singer-songwriter-guitarist Buck Curran. The album's primary influence draws upon personal experience, along with an idiosyncratic musical style developed over many years as a solo artist and member of the psych-folk duo Arborea. The album presents a body of soundscapes...acoustic and electric instrumentals, psychedelic poetic folk songs...compositions inspired by visions of the surreal landscapes of life: love, hope, loss, fear, transformation, the light of expecting a newborn child, dreams, the realization of impermanence with the recent losses of family members and friends. Further inspiration was drawn from music as wide-ranging as experimental music, '60s, and '70s Folk and psychedelic Blues-rock, Jazz, Western classical music, and Indian classical music.

“Ghost on the Hill,” “Deep in the Lovin' Arms of My Babe,” “Odissea,” and “One Evening” are very personal songs that include lyrical themes of love, memories, and fear: “Ghost on the Hill” is a haunting and poetic memoir of life past, “One Evening” (in the poetic style of Bob Dylan's “It's Alright, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding”) is a harrowing statement charged with scenes of contemporary life: love and hope, uncertainty and fear created by society, technology, and politics. “Blue Raga,” “No Love Is Sorrow,” “Marie,” “For Adele,” “Chromaticle,” and “Lucia” are experimental tone poems created through improvisation on acoustic guitar. “War Behind the Sun” is a searing psychedelic electric guitar instrumental. “Django (New Years Day)” is Curran's debut on piano inspired by the music of Claude Debussy and Erik Satie.


A1. Blue Raga
A2. Ghost on the Hill
A3. No Love Is Sorrow
A4. Deep in the Lovin' Arms of My Babe
A5. Marie
B1. Odissea
B2. For Adele
B3. Django (New Years Day)
B4. One Evening
B5. Chromaticle

1. Blue Raga
2. Ghost on the Hill
3. No Love Is Sorrow
4. Deep in the Lovin' Arms of My Babe
5. Marie
6. Odissea
7. For Adele
8. Django (New Years Day)
9. One Evening
10. Chromaticle
11. War Behind the Sun
12. Lucia
13. Ghost on the Hill (Alternate Version)
14. Blue Raga (Alternate Version)
15. Marie (Alternate Version)
16. Odissea (Alternate Version)