Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep: Steve Adey : "Mississippi"

Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep

Monday, November 27, 2006

Steve Adey : "Mississippi"

There is a fine line, in acoustic/folk music, between the commercial pop nonsense of artists such as Jack Johnson and the beautiful tranqulity of Damien Rice's music. Thankfully, Steve Adey's compositions are firmly planted on the right side of the line. In fact, his astonishing music recalls the the atmospherics of Rice's own work. Adey has a similar ability to mesmerise with the simplest of songs.

I found out about this well traveled musician, through a friend request from a myspace fansite, which you can see here. Artists such as Will Oldham, Smog, Bob Dylan and "the ghost of Jeff Buckley" are referenced throughout each review. But the video above, of the poignant "Mississippi" shows Adey has been ploughing his own field. It is utterly compelling, yet so very simple. It is not often that a musician can stop you in your tracks, but Steve Adey's music did just that to me.

I am so glad one very supportive fan took the time out to find me, and I plan to investigate Adey's "beautiful, melodic and ambitious" album "The Grand Harmonium".

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