"I have said on many occasions, the precision and build of your instruments is second to none that I have come across. But, I don't want people to buy it in the same way they would a beautiful piece of furniture. I think the most amazing thing is you just couldn't possibly overestimate how much you would enjoy playing one of these. It's so good from so many angles."
Simplicity; that is the key, and also; honesty. If you take those two things and merge them together something very profound and beautiful is what will result. The music of, Albatross, (25 year old Adam Stockdale) focuses around this idea. In a world full of people trying their hardest to out-do each other in whatever way fashion dictates in that week, Albatross', heartfelt and often philosophical songs offer some well needed relief. The masterly crafted tunes cut straight to the heart with lyrical themes rushing from love and life, but with added poignancy being brought to the table by the optimistic and inspiring message throughout. Often performed completely solo, accompanied by his astounding 'finger-picked' acoustic guitar, Albatross' music is as real and honest as it comes. Like his heroes, John Martyn and co. he understands that a truly great song will shine without fanciful dressing up.
The last year has seen Albatross traveling the world over, playing a host of shows to audiences all over the world, many of these dates have been as support act for, Mumford and Son's; a band with whom, Adam, feels a great kinship and on whose latest E.P. he guested on pedal steel. More recently, he has been stationed in Australia recording his next release, the 'Out From Under E.P.'.
All this aside, I will end the way I started. We live in a world awash with fakery, confusion and pretense. Our lives have become whirlwind emotional rides that often leave us seeking and desiring pure and simple truths; enter, Albatross, with some of the most heartfelt, direct, hopeful and above all, incredibly beautiful music you are likely to hear these days. Spread the word and free the bird!
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