ADAM TORRES PLAYS LIVE FOR NPR MUSIC’S TINY DESK CONCERTS
WATCH HIS ENTRANCING PERFORMANCE HERE: https://n.pr/2fkdxzq
New album Pearls To Swine is out now via Fat Possum Records
“Torres isn’t a country singer or a folksinger so much as an atmospheric storyteller.” NPR Music
“Some of the purest, restorative, most unburdened music imaginable.” Mojo 4*
Adam Torres’ stunning three song performance for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Series is now available to watch online here: https://n.pr/2fkdxzq. It features the songs “High Lonesome” and “Outlands” from his new album Pearls To Swine, as well as unreleased track “I Came To Sing The Song”.
Adam is joined by his band – Swans’ Thor Harris (on percussion), Aisha Burns (violin), and Dailey Toliver (bass/piano) – who, in this intimate space, play together with a transfixing harmony. NPR’s Bill Boilen directs the listener towards “the way Torres and Aisha Burns weave his voice and her violin together. It’s rare and beautiful. Then there’s the delicate percussion and bass that keep it all in motion.”
Pearls To Swine, released on September 9th 2016 via Fat Possum, has continued to earn praise from media outlets such as Mojo, Uncut, Pitchfork, NPR Music (‘First Listen’ advance stream), Record Collector, Clash, and Gold Flake Paint. Adam also recently covered The Drifters’ “This Magic Moment” for The A.V. Club’s ‘Day of the Dead’ Undercover series, which can be seen here: http://www.avclub.com/r/245112tsd.
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 Stereogum (“a stunner”) and VICE (“beautiful, melancholy tunes”).