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Peter Adams
I Woke With Planets In My Face
(self-released)
www.peteradamsmusic.com


Peter Adams' sophomore release, I Woke With Planets In My Face, is a garden of musical delights with pleasing, aphrodisiac-like esplanades, fantasy-shingled-folk, and chamber-pop psychedelics that caramelize into the symphony of world music factions seeded from a gamut of Russian-esque strings, Middle Eastern beats, Gypsy-encased accordion keys, and toy-like kazoos. The album's synth-pop bling and avant bent shares a theatrical propensity to Leerone with fantasy-like patterns relatable to Sigur Ros' spacey arias and glittery atmospherics. Adams' album leaves everything in the hands of the listener's imagination, displaying dazzling melodies and orchestral florals which morph into beautifully crafted molecules that spawn lush kaleidoscopic murals. The tracks have a flaccid sonorousness and flouncy gait that fascinates listeners, and holds them transfixed to the zigzagging movements and intricate jetties which are opulent and plentiful.

Adams masonry shows a broad range of creativity and melodic sensibilities which distinguish him from his peers, while also displaying a broad range of influences from such notable figures as Neutral Milk Hotel and Phillip Glass. Adams' atmospherics bubble gently as they wind-up and release with a casual trot. The trickle of watery synth effects along "In The Great Green Room" are gingerly creped by the Gypsy-like accordion keys, which light up and fade delicately and allow the metallic sprigs to come alive. The gentle twists along "The Observatory" are buttoned by folksy bobbins which have a Say Hi-crackle, while the delightful sputter of dancing tambourines jangle with an infectious Gypsy-vaunt along "Conversation With The Moon." The crystal-like shine of Peter Adams' music is comparable to Phillip Glass as he rouches chamber-pop riffs along ambient-filled sound effects, like in "Ziggurat." His stately melodies are vast stretches of blissful jaunts that amalgamate buoyant Gypsy-beats with folksy psychedelics, and form delightful murals for the listener. The orchestral waves ribboning across "I Was Looking At The Ceiling, And Then I Saw The Sky" have a spacey feel as they elevate and move with a rattle that resembles a twinkling constellation. The woeful mood in the strings of "Antarctica" segue into the vivacious lifts of "Ghost In The Fen" with fantasy-like effects and exotic strings intertwining and propping each other up. The chord movements flower and splash into each other with the playfulness of a child. The track "Annabel Lee" has a Gypsy-punk beat and clusters of country overtones that mingle affectionately with the merry kazoo, while the flaccid strings of "The Seventh Seal" gavel sprightly along the paths of ambient waterways and dewy drops of dulcet keyboards.

One could easily be convinced that these songs are the result of a gathering of elves, fairies, sprites, and pixies with the way the music gleams and sparkles. Adams calls his music "violin-soaked punk-rock folk" on his website, which sums up the album in a nutshell. The songs are a type of folk art that shows a culling of classical elements with folk music, and uses an innovative approach to infusing them with a fantasy-pop vibe and space-age atmospherics. The gully of dreamy-scapes and rollicking beats has a natural swirl that illuminates the music with a crystal-like shine that engulfs the listener in its mysticism. Adams made his debut with his critically acclaimed 2005 album The Spiral Eyes, and his second album I Woke With Planets In My Face is bound to continue his ascent. It is the type of album that causes you to pick up something new in the intricacies of the songs with each subsequent listen.

-Susan Frances

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