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. Buck has also produced several various artists compilations: We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho (2010), Basket Full of Dragons – a Tribute to Robbie Basho Vol II (2016), Ten Years Gone: A Tribute to Jack Rose (Tompkins Square 2019), along with the archival live recording; Robbie Basho Live in Forlì, Italy 1982 (2018).
Buck has developed his intense, intimate and mesmerising approach to live concerts through a decade of playing and touring extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe with Arborea, performing key shows and festivals (Green Man Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, etc). He also draws inspiration from the deep well of Folk and Rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho, Bert Jansch, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, Peter Green, Tim Buckley, Davey Graham, etc.)
In 2016 Buck released his first solo album Immortal Light, followed in 2018 by Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas, listed among the ‘Best Albums of 2018’ according to Folk Radio UK and Aquarium Drunkard.
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. No Love is Sorrow was also listed among the ‘Best Albums of 2020’ by Folk Radio UK and Aquarium Drunkard.
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