Oakie, won’t you stay, JOE KAPLOW – Little Sleep
by Walter Price
There’s a slew of reasons why laidback California-based Joe Kaplow is one of my favorite songwriters. The way he uses his knack for unique and sincere wordsmithery peppered with whimsy in forming cinematic songs you can chill to. If you could imagine a combination of Jeff Lynn, The Blank Tapes’ Matt Adams, and Mark Oliver Everett and you’ll come close to understanding my intrigue in this Santa Cruz artist.
For example, take Kaplow’s most recent single, “Little Sleep”. A soft psych beauty that’s equal parts sweet, poetic, and earnest. Again, on this release, Kaplow knows his way around image conjuring lyric structure.
And she said “Talk to me”
But that doesn’t mean that I can say just anything
And she said “Walk with me”
I said, “Where are we going?”
She said, “Life’s about the looking, baby, not the showing.”
And I’m looking at a little sleep.
Just looking at a little sleep
I’m gaining ground while I’m losing light
Looking at a little sleep tonight, alright
Okie, won’t you stay
Won’t you love me, love me all the way…
“Little Sleep” is taken from the forthcoming album, ‘Sending Money And Stems’, which is expected in early 2021. And you can stream the dreamy single and watch its lovely film, directed by Ben Judkins, now at the GTC.
Artist photo via Bandcamp
Joe Kaplow – Vocals, Guitars, Tambourine
Jeff Wilson (Futurebirds) – Drums
Elliott Kay – Bass
Sakari Sanker – Vocals
Recorded by Joe Kaplow at Meat Locker Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
Mixed by Lucas Heinel at Getaway Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
Mastered by John Greenham at Clearlight Mastering, Los Angeles, CA
Director – Ben Judkins
Camera Operator – Ben Judkins
Editor – Ben Judkins
Executive Producer – Joe Kaplow
“The first 20 years is just to see if you like it or not,” Jerry Lopez, an iconic surfer, joked about the sport and lifestyle of surfing. Joe Kaplow has always admired and glorified that type of Jedi-like dedication. After 20 years, Kaplow is pretty sure he likes making music.” – bio