But regardless of how corny it seems, he makes the "L" word -- used repeatedly on most tracks and inferred on the rest -- sound romantic, in a giddy yet mature way. For all the softly strummed guitars under cliched platitudes, Barzelay's gauzy, nonchalant voice and his beautiful song structures draw you into a dreamy, Technicolor world.
Horns, glockenspiel, organ, strings, vibraphone, euphonium, suede zither and even electric guitars float through these tracks, adding texture to the folk, bossa nova and lounge rhythms without overwhelming the melancholy melodies. Each is sung by Barzelay as if he's swooning, starry-eyed, after meeting his soulmate.
Clem Snide plays the Echo Lounge Fri., Oct. 3. $10.