Tarmac Adam is returning with In Place, an album of open-hearted, stoic affirmation hewn from road-worn meditation. In 2013, the band took their shimmering melancholic pop music from their hometown in Melbourne, Australia to the US – traversing the length and breadth of the country and winning rave reviews for gigs in venues and tiny rooms. Wherever they went, the songs of Tarmac Adam felt “in place.” This wasn’t lost on the band’s songwriters Matt O’Donnell and Steve Paix, who worked with drummer Josh Barber and bassist Nick Seymour (also a member of Crowded House) to move away from the inward gaze of previous effort The History Effect to send a universal message in these increasingly fragmented times.
The album’s first single, “Walk Tall,” seeks that universality via a chorus that functions as an affirmation: “Rise above it all. Walk strong, walk tall.” Accompanied by a galloping and jangly acoustic guitar and vocals that may remind listeners of Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, O’Donell attacks jealousy and self doubt by advising us to “Allow others to be pleased, with open eyes and open mind… Leave envy alone.”
“Wonderfully warm and vibrant modern pop…”
“The lush arrangements bring to mind Deacon Blue, Aztec Camera and the Smiths to some extent, in that they’re all dreamy and desirable.”
RIYL: Crowded House, Liam & Neil Finn, Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, The Shins
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Label: Onesize Records
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