I'm feeling really lucky to have heard this EP before it's release, the stunning One Day We'll Be Fine by Oxfordshire based artist Adam Barnes. Having first discovered his track Apples through an acoustic session on Youtube a few years ago, I was surprised to see that he was headlining a venue at Oxford's Oxjam Festival that I was volunteering at last October. I checked his set out and soon discovered he was actually from Oxford, and then saw him play a full band show a couple of month's later and a wonderful intimate house concert in February.
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Following the release of his debut record The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath last year and a bunch of shows around the UK and further beyond, Adam releases his new EP through Wild Native Records on 27th September, and tours the UK in October with Chris Ayer and local supports - Amber Run's Joe Keogh is joining Adam at the London date.
Alongside the recently released single I Can't Love You Anymore, the EP has another four tracks, a couple of which (Darling and Nebraska) I've heard and loved at his shows and have been intrigued to hear studio versions of - and I haven't been disappointed. With his carefully crafted lyrics being a large part of his music, the EP, produced by Sam Winfield (who has worked previously with Amber Run and Pixel Fix), allows Adam's vocals to take the forefront. Add to these fantastic vocals the support of Adam's guitar amongst other accompanying instruments and you've got a great EP that is stripped back and emotional whilst still feeling powerfully intense - in short it gave me shivers the first time I listened! At the moment I'm loving the whole EP but a particular favourite has to be Darling, which builds up beautifully to harness some of that intensity that is a definite highlight of the EP and of Adam's music generally!
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UK tour dates and tickets are here, be quick as some dates are already sold out or close to selling out! Adam plays -
October 1st: The Old Fire Station, Oxford (sold out)
October 2nd: The Birdcage, Norwich
October 3rd: Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry (sold out)
October 4th: Cafe Kino, Bristol
October 6th: Otherplace at The Basement, Brighton
October 7th: The Social, London
October 9th: Three Minute Theatre, Manchester
October 10th: York House Concerts, York (sold out)
October 11th: The Workmans Club, Dublin
Pre-order the EP through iTunes here and get the first single, I Can't Love You Anymore instantly.