Steve Adey - 'The Tower of Silence'
New album out November 26th 2012 (LP, CD, DD – on Grand Harmonium Records)
Watch the album trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7xTQhcYrSm8
[Pre-order the album from 15th October via iTunes & all good record stores]
The Sunday Times – Album Of The Week
Metro - “A great voice”
Scotland on Sunday - "Powerful"
The Skinny Mag - "Beautiful and genre-hopping"
Sunday Herald (Scotland) - ****
Americana UK - "Astonishing"
Gigwise - "Pure heartfelt emotion"
No Ripcord - "Seriously impressive"
Signal To Noise [US]?-?"Haunting folk into straight-up epic territory”
Stylus Mag [US]?- A+
'The Tower of Silence' - the follow-up to 2006's critically acclaimed 'All Things Real' (The Sunday Times - Album of the Week) finds Steve Adey doing what he does best - creating emotionally charged songs and moulding a soundtrack which is unlike any other record you will hear this year. The album encompasses a myriad emotions as Adey carves out a filmic wall of sound, offsetting his baritone vocal and piano led songs.
The album contains ten songs: nine self-penned and a cover of Farewell Sorrow by Scottish singer-songwriter Alasdair Roberts. "It’s a great song that I would have loved to have written". Dita Parlo is written in response to Jean Vigo's 1930's film L'Atalante.
'The Tower of Silence' was recorded in Edinburgh, laid down in a 19th century church with, for the most part, an old style approach.
Adey assembled a live band for festival shows and his own debut headline tour, and then continued working with the same set of musicians for a three day recording session which formed the raw band performances that largely make up 'The Tower of Silence'.
‘The Tower Of Silence’ album tracklisting:
1. A Few Seconds Have Passed
3. Just Wait Till I Get You Home
4. Army Of One
5. With Tongues
6. Secret Place
7. Farewell Sorrow
8. The Field
9. Dita Parlo
Why such a gap between albums?
"I recorded a lot of variations and numerous versions of the songs. I was going for takes, moments that work, often with little idiosyncrasies. I knew I wanted to experiment with cutting and pasting and using my studio/mixing desk as an instrument. Having said that, I never used computers during the recording and mixing, so the approach was old school. I did further tracking and instrumentation in isolation, recording musicians individually, and simply got immersed in the studio. Hopefully the record benefits from the process. I was careful not to make something that was ornamental or over-produced. I wanted it to sound like it was done quickly, but thoroughly considered and fully realised".
"I've observed that many of my songs are about polarity: plus - minus, male - female. Much of this album was inspired by and contrasting both 'the monumental' and 'the fragile'. I did some travelling, I saw some incredible things and met interesting people, but I had some near-misses and was seriously ill along the way. I contracted Dengue fever and had Polycythemia which resulted in extreme blood cell levels and caused my liver to inflate. AND I was involved in car crash! It was a horror show, really horrible, but at the same time, the stuff that I remember most was the wonderful things I saw".
"The title came from of a place in India where the dead are laid to rest on a hill tower and gifted to the birds. But on a musical level it pertains to the value of silence - making sure nothing is overplayed is an important factor".
Musicians, loyal friends and collaborators include: Doug MacDonald, Helena MacGilp, Ismael Florit, members of the Scottish National Orchestra and producer/engineer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout).
Matt Canning for www.herdsofbirds.com contributed all illustrations for the album’s artwork and worked tirelessly with Steve to integrate the visuals and soundscapes.
Steve cites Nina Simone, Nick Cave, Rickie Lee Jones, Will Oldham and Mark Hollis amongst his influences.
"Sonically, I wanted to emphasise the room in the church where we recorded. And from there it was all about how the musicians interacted. I think we got some good takes. We were thinking on a folk level more and more, but we used vintage synthesizers and older studio equipment, so we were calling it electronic folk or future folk.”
An introduction to Steve Adey:
Steve was born in Birmingham, England. He lived in New York City for several years before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland. He previously worked as a recording engineer across many genres, from heavy rock to classical and folk. Steve released his debut album 'All Things Real' in 2006 (also through Grand Harmonium Records). The album was critically well received and made some ‘Best of 2006’ year-end lists. In 2007 he played several festivals and released Burning Fields, a limited 7” and the Mississippi: Remixed [EP], featuring remixes from Kramer (Second Shimmy, Low) and Sweet Billy Pilgrim amongst others. A five-song EP entitled 'These Resurrections' was also released in May 2011.
Please check out www.steveadey.com for further info & live dates.
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