Musician, songwriter, and producer Seth Kauffman currently resides in the small town of Black Mountain, NC. After releasing both a debut EP and his first full-length on Hightone Records in 2006, Kauffman returns with another homemade gem, and his most accomplished work to date. On October 23, 2007, Philadelphia's Park The Van label released Kauffman's 'Research'.
While even more genre-bending than 2006's 'Ting', 'Research' also displays Kauffman's marked growth as both a producer and songwriter: "A concept I like to integrate to give a more descriptive texture to a piece is attaching the wrong type of style-approach for a song...". This off-kilter approach manages to align seemingly disparate elements of bossa nova, dub, folk, blues, garage-rock, soul, gospel, and country into one cohesive, cross-cultural soiree. In the artist's own words, "It's definitely dance music".
'Ting' received rave reviews, and the fluid way the album bridges so many musical styles incited more than one critic to refer to Kauffman as the "southern-fried Beck". But in addition to working on his own music since his 2006 debut, Kauffman has found time to perform on Band of Horses' Tyler Ramsey's solo release, to tour as part of Tyler's and up-and-coming americana chanteuse Shannon Whitworth's bands, and to produce, perform, and write much of Universal recording artist Courtney Jaye's forthcoming album, 'Queen of Sabotage'. With his own band, Kauffman has shared the stage with Band Of Horses, Athens, GA's The Whigs, and Park The Van label-mates Dr. Dog.
Outside from the occasional backing vocal and steel drum, every track on 'Research' was written, performed, produced, and recorded by Kauffman himself. No small feat for some, but when you consider the complex arrangements and breadth of instrumentation involved -- vocals, guitar, bass, drums, violin, sitar, ethnic percussion, harmonica, and keyboards -- you begin to see just how talented the guy really is. Even his website and the artwork and packaging of the albums are Seth's own designs. According to Kauffman, his D.I.Y. approach is as much a practical choice as it is an aesthetic one, "a lot of times, it's ideas, feelings that I can't really tell somebody. I would spend more time finding the right person to do it, so I just do it myself".
Constantly writing and recording, Kauffman has recently completed work on his third album, 'Floating Action'. Mixed by Bill Moriarty at Dr. Dog's American Diamond Studio in Philadelphia, 'Floating Action' is tentatively slated for release later this year. This Fall, Kauffman and the mainstays of his live band -- Evan Martin (drums) and Michael Libremento (bass, keys) -- will again be supporting Dr. Dog on dates throughout the South.