ADAM TORRES Reveals new single “Morning Rain”
Taken from forthcoming album Pearls to Swine
Due out on Fat Possum on 9 September
Listen to “Morning Rain”
“Morning Rain” is the new single to be taken from Adam Torres‘ forthcoming album Pearls to Swine, due out on Fat Possum (out on 9 September).
The track was premiered on Clash today, who said; “Gorgeous, romantic songwriting with a gilded edge, Adam Torres’ high, keening vocal is set against a simple yet beautifully affecting arrangement. Gently poetic, it’s exactly what we need to hear this morning.”
Torres himself describes the song as being; “about overcoming stagnation and overcoming grief and loss. It is also about taking a regular walk.”
Remeniscent of American folk-songwriters such as Bon Iver, Damien Jurado, Bonnie Prince Billy etc, Torres sings in a varied falsetto which lends an ethereal quality to his work. For the recordings he is joined by a host of Austin-based musicians including Thor Harris (Swans/Shearwater) on drums and Aisha Burns on violin.
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“Torres’ fragile, reverberating falsetto is the focus of his ornate country-folk-blues.” Mojo
“A still moment of recline, lit by the moon and shaped by a cool prairie wind that brings all manner of yearning and age-old wonder in its tender, graceful breeze.” Gold Flake Paint
“Just a minute into hearing his voice I knew I was listening to a unique and astonishing talent. Adam Torres’ voice is high, yearning and captivating.” NPR Music
“A shimmering moonlit meditation.” Stereogum
There’s a persisting theme that threads through Adam’s own story as well as Pearls To Swine. Within the cosmos of the album, characters experience a sort of misadventure and persevere, casting light on the way life can lead you down a path that’s far from where you wanted to be. The album maps his complicated history as a songwriter and musician: it’s the sound of someone who discovered the value in his own devotion to music, and how writing and songs are extensions of his own journey. He embeds his own folklore within his high-lonesome sounding, deeply felt and moving brand of folk music.
To truly understand Pearls To Swine and Adam’s arrival on his current path, one has to start at the beginning. In 2006, the then 20-year-old released his idiosyncratic, varied, and beautiful debut album, Nostra Nova. A DIY self-release, the album became a closely-held, sleeper favorite in the close-knit music scene of Athens, OH and over the years grew to a ‘cult classic’-like status. But not long after its release, Adam turned his focus from pursuing music professionally to other interests: he returned to college; traveled, taught, and volunteered in South America; moved to Austin to attend graduate school; and spent two years working for the state of Texas on a project aimed at cleaning the water quality of the Rio Grande River in South Texas.
All the while, he never stopped playing music, writing songs, or performing. Having penned more than 100 songs since 2006, Adam quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made inside the apartments he lived in during his time in Ecuador. In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue via Misra and finally achieved its due outside of its underground lore, receiving praise from outlets including The A.V. Club, Stereogum (“a stunner”), VICE (“beautiful, melancholy tunes”),Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire.