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PREMIERE: Joe Kaplow’s debut album Time Spent In Between is pure folk magic

With a string of singles and EPs under his belt, Santa Cruz-based singer-songwriter Joe Kaplow has spent the past number of years crafting a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and explorative; his music is rooted in folk, but reaches far further.

The one thing that immediately jumps out from Kaplow’s music is its vastness. He creates mini-universes within each of his songs, and strolling around inside them is an experience unlike any other. Now, with the release of his debut full-length album Time Spent In Between, these sonic universes are stretched farther. It should go without saying that we’re stoked to be premiering it for you today.

On his debut full-length album Time Spent In Between, Santa Cruz-based singer-songwriter Joe Kaplow crafts a style of folk music that feels equal parts intimate and expansive.

Over the course of the album’s twelve-track duration, Joe Kaplow weaves elements of folk, country, and indie-rock to deliver a sound that’s uniquely his own. With raw instrumentation and earthy vocal melodies, Time Spent In Between is rich with folk songwriting brilliance.

Album opener Corncob Pipe is a charmingly sharp folk gem reminiscent of Harvest-era Neil Young, while the album’s lead single I Said I Was Going And I Went is far more tender and emotionally resonant. This is a balance that Kaplow masters throughout the album—delivering quick-witted one-liners that still hold true emotional weight.

By the time Kaplow reaches the conclusion of his debut album, he’ll have roped you in completely. Walking away from this album, you’ll feel as though you’ve just engaged in a multi-hour late-night conversation with one of your oldest friends.

These still may be relatively early days for this Californian songwriter, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more quality tunes.

For now, do yourself a favour and listen Time Spent In Between above.