Gather Up

Gather Up

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by Peter Bradley Adams
     
 

Peter Bradley Adams formerly was one-half of the chamber Americana duo Eastmountainsouth. On his own, the Los Angeles-based Adams scales back some of the "mountain" and "south" in his music for a more modern singer/songwriter approach. Although the disc was recorded almost entirely in his apartment, Adams crafts a wonderfully lushSee more details below

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Peter Bradley Adams formerly was one-half of the chamber Americana duo Eastmountainsouth. On his own, the Los Angeles-based Adams scales back some of the "mountain" and "south" in his music for a more modern singer/songwriter approach. Although the disc was recorded almost entirely in his apartment, Adams crafts a wonderfully lush sound -- rich with keyboards and guitars, dark sonic touches and heavenly background voices -- that suggests an expensive studio production. "Unreconciled," a gorgeous song about disintegrating relationship, projects the Jayhawks' autumnal pop glow. Another standout number also dealing with loss, "One Foot Down" builds effortlessly to a lovely chorus. The smart use of pedal steel and electric violin serves to create a feeling of uncertainty in this dark-hued "Upside Down." The Alabama-born Adams reveals some of this country roots later in the record with the melancholic, mandolin-dappled "He Sang" and "Queen of Hearts." The latter tune benefits from Southern California super sessionman Greg Leisz (who has played with everyone from Joni Mitchell to Smashing Pumpkins), who plays on a Weisenborn guitar. Adams also earns some points for thinking outside of the traditional singer/songwriter formula. "Chant" lives up to its name as it evolves into an Indian-style chant, where worldbeat rhythms coexist with fiddle and guitar drones. On the title track, Adams utilizes spoken word excerpts from the poetry of the great Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes set against the rich, occasionally dissonant aural soundscape. But the noisy moments in "Gather Up" are rather atypical for this album. In fact, if there's a main flaw to this otherwise interesting, inviting disc, it is its quiet sound. It's as if Adams didn't want to disturb his neighbors in his apartment building. He tends to sing in a hushed voice and his music generally is gentle on the ears. While the subdued tone fits the introspective lyrics, it does make for a rather low-key, tranquil listening experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
High Wire Music
UPC:
0635961060925
catalogNumber:
HE4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Bradley Adams   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Mandola,Wurlitzer,Drones
Tony Furtado   Banjo,Dobro
Liz Constantine   Vocals
Tony Morales   Electric Guitar
Pete Nice   Pedal Steel Guitar
Brett Simons   Bass,Upright Bass
Milo Decruz   Bass
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Brendan Buckley   Snare Drums
Ramy Antoun   Drums
Butch   Drums
Renee Stahl   Vocals
Lex Price   Bass,Mandolin,Guitar (Tenor)
Carla Werner   Vocals
Alexi Murdoch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joshua Grange   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brandi Emma   Vocals
Susie Suh   Vocals
Joshua Meltzer   Percussion
Sara Bareilles   Vocals
Greg Liesz   Mandolin,Guitar (Tenor),Weissenborn

Technical Credits

Langston Hughes   Composer
Tim Gordine   Composer
Bill Sanke   Drum Engineering,Piano Engineer
Lex Price   Producer
Alexi Murdoch   Mastering
Deborah Lurie   String Arrangements
Joshua Meltzer   Composer
Peter Bradley Adams   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Mastering

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