Originally from Boston, MA, USA, Adam Drew lives in Raleigh, NC. Like most indie artists, Adam writes, performs, records and mixes everything himself. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and dabbles with lot’s electronic hackery, concentrating on darker music and experimental sounds with pop song structures and hooks. All music on “The American” was composed and recorded using Propellerhead Software’s ReBirth RB-338 app for the Apple iPad.
The album, “The American,” really has some darkness in it, but not to the point of indulgence. It moves from deep and brooding to bubbling in your ear with mutant rhythms and groovy bass-lines It willingly transports you to a dark and eerie place where ragged power chords and a simmering cacophony of industrial sounds meet pop melodies. Sometimes menacing, but never extreme, “The American” holds you captive with a battery of hypnotic bedlam and heavy beats until Adam’s soothing choruses roll-in. Stand out tracks include: “Time,” “Insecurity,” “The American,” “The Error” and “The Path.”
All throughout the tracks, and very naturally, Adam Drew builds on the album’s progression. The fiery rhythmic grooves are juxtaposed against delicate and airy melodies, pinned down by sharp bomb blasts of solid bass hook-lines. Moods often swing between dark soundscapes to eerie atmospherics.
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The music has elements of goth, industrial and electro, with a level of experimentation in the production of the vocals, that on the first listen, sound a bit forced and contrived, throwing you slightly, but after a while they grow on you and actually give the album a lot of it’s character.
Adam Drew shows he has the ability to create songs that cover the full spectrum of harmonics and thus overwhelm the listener with weird and wonderful sounds, skilfully mixed for a truly rewarding listen. Especially considering that the instrumentation here reeks of classic analog gear: like Roland 303 bass synths, and 808 drum machines.
Most of the songs on the album have bleak, slow verses, that lull your senses but then the choruses turn into a more intense, but still gentle wall of sound. The overall sound is vastly cathedral-like, yet delicately beautiful, hauntingly ethereal and supercharged by sound-system-busting, bass synths.
“The American” is pure darkness and emotion from start to finish. If you are into the deep and spiritual aspects of life, then you’ll appreciate this album quicker than others. Every song will most likely send chills along your spine and throughout your soul, as you can feel the angst, hope, fear, disappointment and rage. It is Adam Drew’s ability to draw upon and translate his emotions and thoughts into sound, that best make this album work.
If you like it rhythmic, dark and a touch experimental, this has got to be your next download!
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