With 5 previous album releases to his name, Adam Lanceley is no stranger to producing music and now he is back with his new EP ‘Back To The Sunshine’.
Picking up where he left off with ‘Postcards From Then...’ Adam has maintained his signature west-coast summery vibe that he has built a name upon.
Adam’s trademark punchy vocals still take a central role in his new music, but return listeners are sure to notice the progression in Adam’s chord sequencing on the new EP which seems to have risen up a level.
‘A Film We All Saw’ exemplifies this perfectly with a simple strummed guitar intro that’s reminiscent of Weezer’s ‘Island In The Sun’. Adam continues to experiment with instrumentation too, always developing his work with the aim of telling a story. For instance, ‘A Villa On The Cliff’ utilises a subtle organ underneath the primary instrumentation that adds new texture and a delicate melody.
Personal experiences have provided much of the material for ‘Back To The Sunshine’, but Adam has also been keen to dig deeper into his childhood to inspire his new songs. For example, locations from his youth, including Yorkshire and Devon have influenced Adam’s songwriting process, reflecting fond memories from a time long ago. Meaningful and often cryptic lyrics interweave with these recollections, forming a potent combination of songwriting and mindfulness.
However, it was during this youth that Adam was involved in a serious car crash that left him with serious head injuries. His parents were told it was unlikely that he would ever walk or talk again, but Adam showed the ultimate determination, proving them wrong and even going on to run the London Marathon.
His devotion to raising money through his secondary passion of running has brought him into contact with the Brain and Spine Foundation. Adam noted that ‘I know it is a charity well worth supporting so that the trauma is reduced for future sufferers and I am committed to trying to help as much as I can’. As a result, All net proceeds from the new EP will be donated to the charity.
Overall, Adam’s latest work doesn’t leave behind the style that he has built his portfolio on, yet it has without a doubt stepped up in terms of songwriting structure. Adam is certainly ‘Back To The Sunshine’ of his earlier work, but these new rays present a songwriter who has come a long way. Definitely worth a listen!
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