The title of Tarmac Adam‘s most recent LP, In Place, is emblematic of the album’s content. While singer Matt O’Donnell has said the band’s previous LP, the History Effect, was about how our pasts impact us, the new album is an optimistic and forward-thinking collection that is focused on feeling comfortable in our own shoes while seizing what is in front of us. Called “seductive and sublime” by PopMatters, In Place is a beautiful and mature offering from the Australian quartet of O’Donnell, Steven Paix, Josh Barber, and Nick Seymour (also of Crowded House).
The third single from the album, “Today’s the Day,” embodies its ethos with a lyric that tells listeners that “there is nothing as important, [and] there is no other moment” than right now. Explaining the song to Paste Magazine, O’Donnell said, “’Today’s the day’ became a bit of self-talk to shift my negative focus at times… What’s going on now won’t necessarily last. The challenge is to find something interesting and worthwhile even when times are difficult or frustrating or seemingly pointless. Stop wishing to be somewhere else… someone else. Embrace opportunity.” The song, and its whimsical video, playfully push that message via a colorful and concise pop package.
“Once the curious lean in for even a cursory listen, chances are Tarmac Adam’s music will win them over… ‘Today’s the Day’ reflects an Aussie knack for creating sprightly melodies that sound like the essence of pure pop.” -PopMatters
“[In Place] is a wakeup call, with plenty of inspiring word pictures.” – BMA Magazine
RIYL: Spoon, Crowded House, Death Cab For Cutie, Liam & Neil Finn, Wilco, The Shins, Blur, Split Enz
Label: Onesize Records