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CD released: Nov 10, 2023

STEVEN ADAMS
DROPS
Label: FIKA RECORDINGS
Cat No: FIKA098CD
Barcode: 5057998043651
Packaging: CD Jewel Case

Steven Adams, formerly of The Broken Family Band releases new album. Since calling time on TBFB at the height of their success, Adams has released half a dozen albums under various names, his witty, incisive lyrics and melodic sensibilities taking in DIY indie rock, folky introspection, and off-kilter pop hooks.. Eschewing a full band set up ('I wanted to concentrate on one thing at a time'), recording sessions in East London followed with Laurie Earle (Absentee) on guitar and Michael Wood (Hayman Kupa Band, Michaelmas) on keyboards. Adams then took the recordings home and to the French countryside, to work alone. 'I finally got my head around home recording in 2020, while things were a bit quiet. Once I worked out how to record things I realised I didn’t have to think about time. I could let the songs evolve and change once we had the basic tracks down. After a while I started to think of them as paintings; trying something one morning, painting over it in the afternoon and attempting something completely different ". The result is a dynamic and spirited collection of songs, with Adams's love of 90/00s US underground rock (Pavement's Bob Nastanovich is a fan) to the fore. DROPS is a sonically compelling piece of work: from bleak/exultant opener Out to Sea and the motorik Living in the Local Void to the weirdly funereal Fascists, and Day Trip's psychedelia in miniature. There are also moments of tenderness: the avalanche of empathy on closing track Cheap Wine Sad Face, and I Tried to Keep it Light’s 'worse things could happen… I don’t know how, but give me time'. Adams says: 'I'm preoccupied by the passing of time and the way it affects how we feel. This record is about time and bewilderment and trying to make sense of things". '…astonishing tenderness in its simplicity … brilliant lyrics.' Q Magazine //'…the tunes are instant and uplifting, but the real wallop comes from the lyrical imagery.' The Guardian

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