Wounded Electric Youth
PRESS: (Bio below) "Wounded Electric Youth is a bold move for Adam Klein... one of the finest albums of the year. This is a treasure trove of song writing. Klein displays a sense of subtlety rare in the ego driven world of the modern music scene. The art of storytelling which was so prominent in Klein's last album "Western Tales and Trails" is again present here and comes to the fore in "Of Pirates and Vagabonds", while the imagery and colour portrayed throughout the album is a delight. "12th and Porter" brings the album to a close as if at the end of a long, but wholesome journey... Classy. It is a confident and assured step forward for Klein..." - Americana UK (9*) "Short list for best album of the year.. a songwriter and interpreter in a state of grace and constant growth, a name to follow absolutely." - Roots Highway "One step further in his artistic evolution... Klein is a brilliant songwriter and storyteller... [Wounded Electric Youth]'s beauty and strength lie in the quiet, subtle narrative work which manages to touch your deepest soul." - Rootstime "Adam Klein is a singer/songwriter with a rural sound (dig that Harvest-era pedal steel!) and a Dylan/Earle sense of poetic lyricism" - Connect Savannah "Covers the entire idiom, ranging from country soul to country-pop, rustic country folk to light-gritty country rock." - Altcountry. Nl "A combination of Americana, folk rock, and indie pop, singer-songwriter Adam Klein's third release is lighthearted and nostalgic, putting forth the theme of introspection and soul-searching through picture-painted storytelling... The bold production, luminous melodies, and engaging anecdotes of summertime ("Driftin'"), unrequited love ("Anna, You Were Supposed to be Mine"), and subsequent longing ("Wayward Son"), along with vibrant imagery in the realm of Ryan Adams, Tim Easton, and Matt the Electrician are among the multitude of positive attributes that make Wounded Electric Youth an absolute pleasure to listen to... A beautiful effort, natural-born storyteller Klein has crafted a cohesive, elaborate, and expertly layered coming-of-age document." - Performer Magazine "Although the roots renaissance has been riding in on some degree of pop experimentations, the results that I've heard remain largely purist. While the country and bluegrass crowd continues to dangle their toes into the pool of pop, Klein has calmly walked past them and dived directly into the deep end with all his clothes still on. 'Tired Afternoon (Out For Love)' has all the mellow markings of a mid-1970s Neil Young or James Taylor - soft, lush, spacious... The bouncing melody and female harmonies in 'To Be A Loner' shine like a beacon to lure the more purist roots artists deeper into pop waters. Anything that sounds this fun has to be good for you! But purists aren't so easily lured. Meeting them half way, Klein shows them he is capable of the most haunting traditionals while keeping his pop hat on in the 7+ minute epic, 'Of Pirates & Vagabonds'." - Basement Rug "With Athens, Georgia-based songwriter Adam Klein's well-executed third release, Adam takes us through a variety of songs, several stemming from the wonder and angst in finding the right girl in achingly poignant vignettes, yet bolstered by his rough-tinged and rootsy musical backdrop. Alongside this exploration are songs like "Wayward Son," where he takes off as the wanderer in search of his own truth, and in the opening cut knows how to celebrate and relax into the joys of a southern summer life with "Driftin'". Klein steps a bit more outside of himself with the melodically captivating and sung "Of Pirates and Vagabonds"- dipping back into history and into the English & Celtic traditions of sea ballads. I'm assuming he made it up to Nashville for the evocative "12th & Porter" where an "old wood guitar plays and everybody sings along" and where the likes of Mindy Smith cut her musical teeth. Expertly packaged, from concept to the nostalgic packaging and artwork, Adam Klein has found his footing and firmly established himself as an artist on the rise." - Kari Estrin, Sing Out! Magazine BIOGRAPHY: The slow, lazy rolling days of summer in the south. Fireflies and little league games in the evening time. Reminiscences of a past lover and a girl who got away. Finding one's self unraveled on a still, dark night, the promise of youth and potential unfulfilled. These are some of the images and feelings evoked in Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter Adam Klein's third record, the nostalgic coming-of-age collection 'Wounded Electric Youth'. 'Wounded Electric Youth' finds a songwriter in stride, an artist building upon the strengths of his previous releases and expanding his palette with dynamic melodies, fuller arrangements, broader instrumentation, and a bolder sound. While Klein followed the sparse, rustic country folk of his debut release 'Distant Music' (2006) with the Americana-meets-Texas singer/songwriter story songs of the acclaimed sophomore offering 'Western Tales & Trails' (2008), 'Wounded Electric Youth' is a folk-pop delight rooted in Americana and featuring Klein's signature rustic stylings. Characterized by a warm, rich sound, Klein's blend of Americana, folk rock, and indie pop bring to mind such perennial favorites as Wilco's 'Summerteeth', 'Pneumonia' by Whiskeytown, and Son Volt's recent work. The bold rhythm section is nothing short of mid-late Beatles. It may seem familiar, yet in Klein's hands the sound is uniquely his own. 'Wounded Electric Youth' is a remarkably versatile third offering. Opener 'Driftin'' is an ode to summertime in Athens replete with ukelele and bells. 'To Be A Loner', 'Anna (You Were Supposed To Be Mine)', and 'Griffin's Song' represent Klein's first foray into a catchy pop aesthetic, the latter two featuring thick horns and driving guitars. Amidst this framework Klein yet again brings a strong lyrical story song, 'Of Pirates & Vagabonds', and the straightforward country number 'Wayward Son'. 'Tired Afternoon (Out for Love)', meanwhile, is colored by Randall Bramblett's light, ethereal piano touches, soft trumpet, and Bill Frisell-style electric guitar work compliments of Brooklyn's Raphael McGregor. The dreamy 'Once in Paris' finds Klein's falsetto gliding along silky organ chimes, deep baritone guitar and drums, and splashes of cymbals. 'Wounded Electric Youth' is sweet, whimsical nostalgia, touches of pain awash in the stunning warmth of life lived. Mastering engineer Tom Lewis (R.E.M., Allman Brothers, The Whigs) hails it "the most completely realized record" to come out of Athens in recent years. As with 'Western Tales & Trails', 'Wounded Electric Youth' was recorded and produced over a period of months by AJ Adams (ex-Bloodkin, The Granfalloons) at his Troubadour Den studio in Athens with a returning cast of talented players. In addition to Adams' bass, pedal steel, and guitar duties and Carlton Owens' (ex-John Mayer, Big C & The Ringers) tasteful drumming, ace musicians Randall Bramblett (Traffic, Allman Brothers), David Blackmon (Curley Maple, Widespread Panic), Jess Franklin (Tishamingo, Brantley Gilbert), Jason Fuller (Ween), Kevin Hyde (Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, Jim White), Karolyn Troupe (Venice is Sinking), Raphael McGregor (ex-Nation Beat), and Chris "Crash" Cason joined the mix on saxophone and piano, fiddle, rhodes and organ, trombone, viola, and guitar, respectively. Sultry Athens songstress Lera Lynn (ex- Birds & Wire) adds prominent, spot-on background vocals. Featuring a broad stylistic range filtered through disparate influences from the 60's pop-rock of The Beatles, lushness of Beach Boys, and folksy Americana, 'Wounded Electric Youth' is a striking, beautifully crafted, and pure set of timeless originals. Lyrically potent, Klein creates a lovely balance of heartbreak and sheer, sparkling-pop joy. Klein's music has garnered praise from Paste, No Depression, Americana UK, Georgia Music, Maverick, Flagpole, Sing Out!, and Performer Magazines, as well as numerous blogs. 'Western Tails & Trails' received Top Adds at Americana radio and reached #12 on the FAR chart. The record spent three months on the Euro Americana charts, debuting at #4, and 'Wounded Electric Youth' also debuted on the chart at #5. Klein has performed throughout the U.S. and toured in Ireland, the UK, and Netherlands. He was an official showcasing artist at the 2008 Folk Alliance conference, and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Kevn Kinney, Josh Ritter, Okkervil River, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Steep Canyon Rangers, Joe Pug, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Nels Andrews, Fred Eaglesmith, Lucy Kaplansky, Dan Bern, and Elvis Perkins. In early 2010 Klein traveled to Mali, West Africa, where he recorded a Malian 'Mande' music album, titled 'Dugu Wolo', and produced a making-of-the-record documentary film. Klein is the founder of upstart independent label Cowboy Angel Music and co-organizer of the annual Athens Americana music festival in Athens.