Steve Adey, quite blatantly lives in a mournful place. His lead single from his imminent LP ‘All Things Real’ sees him bottling the innate Scottishness of Alisdair Roberts or The Delgadoes and coupling it will the ethereal spooksville of Will Oldham or Lambchop. Laden with strings, warm piano and gently strummed acoustic, Adey creates a desolate but tender sound which leaves the listener breathless.
The lyrics are ambiguous, but seemingly they tell a tale of struggle
between two people. Imagine a couple from the rock and roll dreams of
a Bruce Spingsteen song being caught on the wrong side of the track without
the US pomp of ‘The Boss’. ‘Will you take my hand? I’ll
walk you there’ as opposed to a ‘Me and You versus the World
Babe…’. It’s impressive stuff for a debut, which suggests
that Adey isn’t playing around at the singer songwriter game.
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