â€œDelivered with a bravura that makes it work a treatâ€
A chaotic jazz-funk shuffle . . . brass-backed, sixties-style soul . . . breezy country-and-western . . . swampy Southern States blues â€“
[Adamsonâ€™s] new songs shone brightestâ€
The Times of London
Somewhere between Dan the Automater, Ennio Morricone, and Leonard Cohen, lies Barry Adamson. Over a wide-ranging career as a film composer, a founding member of both Magazine and Nick Caveâ€™s Bad Seeds, and a solo artist, his music has continuously looked to the future. However, Back to the Cat, Adamsonâ€™s 7th record, finds him looking to the past, gaining inspiration from some of his favorite artists from the past 50 years.
Not that Adamson is aping anyone on this record; you can hear strains of Elvis or Jacques Brel, but it remains unmistakably Barry Adamson. Just one track, â€œShadow Of Death Hotel,â€ manages to seamlessly stitch together the sounds of a guitar and flute from a â€˜70s funk song, Jackie Mittooâ€™s keyboards, the horn section from the Mike Hammer theme, and some Butch-Vig-ish fuzzed out guitars. By the next track, heâ€™s on to channeling Al Green. Other touchstones include Curtis Mayfield, Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg, and more.
Barry premiered this album in full at the recent London Jazz Festival (the least “jazz” thing there, by far), headlining two sold-out nights at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The album went over amazingly. Barry Adamson will be in New York City and available for press from February 28th to March 2nd.