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Caleb Engstrom: "The Happiest"

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Caleb Engstrom: 'The Happiest'

Caleb Engstrom: 'The Happiest'

Caleb Engstrom: "The Happiest"

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Caleb Engstrom

In 2005, Caleb Engstrom did what many young musicians often consider doing: he dropped out of college to play music full time. Engstrom bought a van, booked shows, and traveled all over the country for more than two months, performing well-crafted, acoustic pop songs.

Engstrom's efforts pay off on his new album, A Mountain or A Bird, and. It features mellow folk with heartfelt melodies, spare beauty and surprising turns. Engstrom's lonely voice sings softly along with slow, distorted guitar strums on "The Happiest." The song "Slowly Changing" has a spacious sound with quiet keys and horns that gradually enter the mix as the tempo rushes to an upbeat, intense ending.

Engstrom recently went back to college at the University of Iowa, but he still manages to make time for songwriting. Engstrom recorded A Mountain or A Bird, and at Martha's Vineyard in January 2007.