Adam Torres

I Came To Sing The Song I Came To Sing The Song I Came to Sing the Song

Marketing Highlights

  • Followup to the critically acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Pearls to Swine’
  • "Juniper Arms" included in NPR's All Songs Considered's Top Songs of 2016, as well as NPR's Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums of The Year (Pearls to Swine)
  • Previous praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Paste, Mojo and many more

Bio

In 2006, 20-year-old Adam Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova. Influenced by the works of visual artist Adolf Wolfli and C.G. Jung, it’s the sound of Torres making something beautiful, with many truly breathtaking moments throughout. A DIY self-release, Nostra Nova found deep, long-lasting roots within the small Athens, OH community at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later.

Following its release, Torres went back to college and turned his focus to other interests. But all the while, Torres never stopped playing music, writing songs, or performing, even while living in Ecuador on and off for two years, teaching English and volunteering in rural villages in the Ecuadorian Andes, among other things. In 2011, Torres moved to Austin, TX and enrolled in graduate school at the University of Texas, and upon finishing, spent two years working for the state of Texas on a project aimed at cleaning the water quality of the Rio Grande River in South Texas.

Having penned more than 100 songs since 2006, in 2012 Adam quietly started releasing music through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made while in Ecuador.

In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue. Called a “cult classic” by The A.V. Club, the album finally achieved its due, earning additional praise from Stereogum, VICE, Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire, which wrote of Torres: “…someone who was, at an early age, able to connect his own odd experiences to the concept of life itself in an almost innate way.”

In many respects, that description is a good start at capturing the magic of Torres’ music. There’s a persisting theme that threads through his own story as well as his forthcoming new LP, Pearls To Swine. Across the album, Torres crafts uniquely cinematic soundscapes, ranging through a thoughtfully languid waltz “Juniper Arms” (inspired by Edward Abbey’s iconic book of nature writing Desert Solitaire), and on the evocative, uneasy “Some Beast Will Find You By Name.” It winds through the lush, gently undulating “High Lonesome” to the lonely sweep of the Raymond Carver-signaling “Where I’m Calling From,” and travels from the foreboding, sinuous “Outlands” to the deceptively buoyant cascade of “Mountain River.” Nature abounds on Pearls To Swine – which also examines the tension of the natural versus the constructed, and survival – filled with imagery of juniper trees, deserts, blood moons, rivers, plains, and big western skies that gives it a distinctively southwestern feel. His style acknowledges the classic singer-songwriter tradition, allowing the rhythm sounds to support the structure of songs, while his affecting falsetto conjures the spirit of traditional vocalists such as John Jacob Niles and Robbie Basho.

Tracklist

Side A:
1. I Came to Sing the Song
2. Hatchet
Side B:
3. Spyder Song
4. Green Mountain Road

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Album Details

Artist

Adam Torres

Album Title

I Came To Sing The Song

Street Date

02/24/2017

Order Due Date

01/27/2017

Discount

5% (ends 03/02/2017)

Genre

Folk

Label

Fat Possum

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD7

UPC

767981159423

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

FP15942

Album Details

Artist

Adam Torres

Album Title

I Came To Sing The Song

Street Date

04/07/2017

Order Due Date

03/09/2017

Discount

3% (ends 04/13/2017)

Genre

Folk

Label

Fat Possum

Configuration

7 inch Vinyl Single

Price Code

SV9

UPC

767981159416

Box Lot

125

Catalog #

FP15947

Album Details

Artist

Adam Torres

Album Title

I Came to Sing the Song

Preorder Date

01/18/2017

Street Date

02/24/2017

Genre

Folk

Label

Fat Possum

Configuration

Digital Audio Extended Play

UPC

886446222356

Tour Dates

Bandsintown

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