Barry Adamson Goes Pop With 'Cat'
Known for his work with David Lynch films and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, Barry Adamson will try to shake the "noir" sound he's known for this spring with his eighth album "Back to the Cat." The ten song sKnown for his work with David Lynch films and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, Barry Adamson will try to shake the "noir" sound he's known for this spring with his eighth album "Back to the Cat." The ten song set is due April 22 via Central Control, Adamson's own record label.
"I think this record is sort of an expression of going and doing without having any expectations," Adamson tells Billboard.com. "And I think that ended up making the most commercially accessible work I've ever done."
Indeed, Adamson's career has been often cited as blurring the dark aspects of jazz and soul music in ways that are often harder to characterize. Yet "Back to the Cat" changes this trend with a more orchestral pop feel to it, akin to Richard Hawley's recent albums.
"Its funny 'pop' isn't a word that is usually associated with me, but a lot of things I like come from pop in some sort of way -- if its older," Adamson explains. "And I think this record is more pop than anything."
In the past Adamson would typically return to film scores or commercial musc, leaving a time in between albums. But after 2006's "Stranger on the Sofa," he says there were "some melodies hanging around." So, he slotted studio time to write and record much faster than previous efforts.
"I feel experienced enough and confident enough to just let the ideas come up and throw them against the wall and shape them," he says. "I tried not to think about it too much and less kind of censoring in the type of record that I'd typically make. And I just went with that."
Here is the track list for "Back To The Cat":
"The Beaten Side of Town"
"Straight 'Til Sunrise"
"Spend a Little Time"
"Shadow of Death Hotel"
"I Could Love You"
"Walk on Fire"