No Love Is Sorrow (2020) is the latest album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed as one half of the psych-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013’s ESP-Disk’ release Fortress of the Sun, and produced two various- artist compilations (Leaves of Life: a benefit for the World Food Program and We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho). Buck has also produced a second tribute to Robbie Basho, Basket Full of Dragons (2016), Robbie Basho Live in Forli, Italy 1982 (2018), Ten Years Gone: A Tribute to Jack Rose (Tompkins Square 2019), along with his debut solo album Immortal Light (2016), and Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas (2018).
Buck’s music has developed through a decade of playing and touring extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe with Arborea, and the experience of playing Blues and Folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of Folk and Rock of the 1960s (John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, Pentangle, Peter Green, Tim Buckley, etc.)
Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, listed Arborea among his favorite concerts and recommended live acts in 2012, which led to the invitation to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR’s headquarters.
Arborea has toured extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe since 2007 performing shows and festivals (Green Man, Mosely Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, etc). Arborea’s music is featured on the Official Trailer for ‘Into the Forest’ starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.
In 2015, after a month long tour in Europe, Arborea went on hiatus. In 2016 Buck released his first solo album ‘Immortal Light’. In 2018 Buck Curran’s released his second solo album ‘Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas’ and later that year the album was listed among the ‘Best Albums of 2018’ according to Folk Radio UK and Aquarium Drunkard.
In March 2020 Pitchfork interviewed Buck. In April of 2020 Curran released his third solo album ‘No Love Is Sorrow’. Later that month he was interviewed by Jason Woodbury for Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions. In May 2020, Premier Guitar Magazine published a feature article and NPR published a Tiny Desk Concert recorded at Buck’s apartment in Bergamo, Italy.
Tutto è tremendamente emozionale, anche l’approccio compositivo non parte mai dalla scrittura direttamente sulla chitarra, piuttosto da melodie e temi ~8 Gino Dal Soler/Blow Up Magazine
Buck Curran mette a punto un disco in cui spirito e materia suonano all’unisono, in cui corde e anima, esperienza e immaginazione sono in sintonia come raramente succede ~Luca Salmini/Buscadero Magazine
“No Love Is Sorrow” è una nuova potente immersione nel suono esperto dell’autore e chitarrista americano, un viaggio tra suadenti meditazioni strumentali, più definite melodie vocali e introverse progressioni elettriche, che lascia nuovamente fiorire la profonda dimensione spirituale del suo autore ~7 Vassilios Karagiannis/Ondarock
An intimate album with moments of haunting, desolate beauty. Duncan Fletcher/Shindig! Magazine
What’s most compelling about this music its the ability to tell a story and to form emotions with just a few strokes of the guitar and snapshot of a melody. Curran reminds us that he doesn’t need to throw in all the bells and whistles to make an impact. Sometimes, the best stories are told with a finely picked guitar and fluttering piano. Vanessa Ague/The Wire Magazine
This is a hugely diverse and intriguing set of songs, incorporating beautifully played acoustic melodies as naturally as it does epic narrative-driven soundscapes and electric guitar workouts. For nearly an hour of album tracks, plus alternate versions, we experience the vast imagination and creative energy of this musician. Alex Gallacher – Folk Radio UK/Best Folk Music of 2020
There’s a burning darkness to these songs, as Curran’s rough-hewn voice and droning psych-folk melodies curl like smoke, but there’s also a desperate hope that cracks the surface. Lars Gotrich/NPR-Tiny Desk
The mournful, elegant tones that neo-folk artist Buck Curran draws from voice and guitar have a capacity to linger in the air long after the notes have faded. ‘No Love Is Sorrow’ is a beautiful piece of work, interspersing space, atmospheric instrumentals with more complete songs like spooky western “Ghost On The Hill’, the ballad “Deep In The Lovin’ Arms of My Babe'” and the title track. Curran sings with the gravelly decorum of Mark Lanegan but the songs remain, bewitchingly, just over the next horizon. 8/10 Peter Watts/UNCUT Magazine
No Love Is Sorrow: Solitary, mournful, full of thought and aching with spiritual yearning. Jennifer Kelly/Dusted Magazine
Curran’s music invokes swarming natural forces, looking for the borderline between the real and the sublime and, maybe, the supernatural. Jesse Jarnow/Relix Magazine
Guitar tones linger and reverberate with a mystical translucence. Dusted Magazine