At CelebMix we love finding new acts to introduce you to, our latest being multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Adam French.
Adam French isn’t new to the music world but the release of his new EP Weightless produced by Rich Cooper known for working with Mystery Jets, Lucy Rose and Tom Odell has allowed him to gain significantly more attention. Originally from Congleton in the North West, he moved to London to focus on his music career. This move in the last 18 months has seen him perform at a multitude of festivals including Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, The Great Escape alongside support slots with Jack Garratt, Rat Boy, Jake Bugg and Pete Doherty amongst others.
Adam’s recently released EP Weightless features four simply superb tracks showcasing his captivating sound. Title track Weightless showcases Adam’s stripped back musical style, serenading listeners with his sincere vocals. Telling the tale of finding that special person which manages to change your feelings for the better this is reiterated in the music video as we see the futile attempt of escaping the reality of adulthood. There’s a real sense of loneliness, searching for something or someone you’ve drifted from resulting in an emotionally powerful track. My Addiction is heavily reliant on the dramatic piano backline and storytelling vocals. As the title hints at the track hits upon the idea of needing a fix of something or someone which when it leaves you feel lines such as ‘my body’s shaking I can’t breathe this could be the death of me’. The electronic loops on this track send you within a circle of being hooked and unable to escape however hard your mind tries to. Sheer passion flows throughout as you wholeheartedly feel the very real struggle being faced.
Cover of The Walkmen’s 2004 hit The Rat brings something different to the release, yet keeps with Adam’s signature sound. There’s an eerie vibe to this track, but one of also loss and the need for someone to come back when you’re calling for them. We’ve seen throughout that Adam French specialises in the ability to manipulate his vocals to turn them into a storytelling affair, keeping you hooked as to just if there will be a happy ending. Skin Deep brings a new take to the EP, putting forth a guitar-driven sound making this feel calmer from the onset. Personally, we believe this track shines out as the strongest on the release, with heartwarming harmonies, blissful backing vocals and lovesome lyrics. Providing a kick as it gains momentum the distant drumlines help to ignite a further passion to result in a bold finale track.
The Weightless EP is four tracks making this a short but ever so sweet insight into Adam French’s sound. We’re in love with Adam’s approach to songwriting taking the chance to write of love and personal event in a different, thought-provoking style. There are strong foundations for a promising career to follow on the back of this EP and we’re looking forward to following this journey. We love a story behind the artwork of a release, Adam’s was taken on a film camera himself of an orange tree which takes pride of place in his recording studio/rehearsal space. Giving a sense of serenity within a hectic and busy environment.
If Adam French sounds like an artist you’d be interested in watching live then you’re in luck as he’s announced two intimate headline shows in London and Manchester on Thursday 1st February at London’s Bermondsey Social Club and Friday 9th February at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Tickets for London are available here and Manchester from here.
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