- The Pickle Factory
- Thursday 14th Nov 2019
- 19:00 - 23:00
Soundcrash presents A Man Called Adam
When it comes to relationships, very little lasts forever. Friendships fade, marriages end, collaborations dissolve. But rules were made to be broken—and one of the more beloved exceptions to that rule comes by way of musical partners Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones, the pair known to lovers of emotionally charged music as A Man Called Adam.
Sally and Steve first bonded over, among other things, a fondness of’60s soundtracks and composers—which would explain why they chose to name their duo after a 1966 Sammy Davis Jr. flick scored by jazz great Benny Carter. Some other shared loves include everything from the maddest avant-garde electroacoustic music to the best kind of pop (pop not pop as they describe it), with stops along the way for reggae, disco, electro, SoCal rock and so much more.
That kind of wide-ranging taste might explain why AMCA’s discography— brimming with cherished ’90s-era tracks like ‘Barefoot In the Head,’ ‘Techno Powers,’ ‘Easter Song,’ ‘Estelle’ and ‘Que Tal America?,’ many released on their own Other label—is so hard to pin down. Ranging from lilting downtempo material to groove-driven thumpers, the music is almost reflexively appealing— beyond its emotionality, it’s imbued with the kind of rich arrangements and earworm melodies that linger long after the song ends.
But really, the unifying feature of AMCA’s music is it drips with layers of feeling—from sorrow to joy, from intimacy to grandeur, often within a single tune. As Sally puts it, ‘If a track doesn’t have a “moment’” in it, like a wave breaking, where the emotion gets deeper and somehow reaches across the chasm to touch the listener, then it isn’t doing its job.’
And in 2019 Sally and Steve bounced back into the scene with Farmarama, an album of brand new songs that do just that. From soulful slow jams to lo-fi disco, from deep house to dub and breakbeat, post-rock electronica and art-house ambience, the vinyl cut of Farmarama features 10 new tracks that show where the band are right now, yet retain the decidedly British, EMO Balearic sound familiar to their many fans.
Reflecting both their love of windswept beaches, mountains, lakes and waterfalls (the album was recording in various locations including West Cornwall and the Lake District) and their love and loyalty to the global electronic dance community, Faramarama is Balearic to the bone.
If you were lucky, you might have caught them out and about this summer, performing live at some of the coolest events on the festival calendar, including Kala festival, Farmfest, We Out Here and Campo Sancho. But if you didn’t, don’t worry, there are more live shows, including a headline slot at The Pickle Factory, London, confirmed in the autumn.
'this magical duo... beautiful, balearic popcraft’ The Ransom Note
‘clever stuff from Britain’s unsung pop heroes’ Test Pressing
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