100 Years of Summer
Drawing on both his wide-ranging performative experiences and his sophisticated listener's palate, Rich is poised to become a leader in the ever-shrinking but always-refreshing body of singer-songwriters with true gravitas. Rich has a powerful voice that can be by turns honeyed, dour, and relentlessly fierce. His melodies hit the listener where all good music does--in the gut--while his labrinthine lyrics keep the mind tied in delightful knots. 'Gasoline,' the lead single from Rich's solo debut, 100 Years of Summer, exemplifies the seamlessness of his music, in which the instrumentation, words, and vocals do not merely complement one another, but form a cohesive work of auditory art where each piece relies on every other piece. Rich has come far in the 15 years since he first picked up a guitar, augmenting his musical growth with both theoretical and empirical study. His newer compositions are inevitably more sophisticated, more mature, and more layered than his early work. But the constant throughout Adam's career, is his passionate honesty when it comes to his music. Always personal, but never self-involved, Rich's music speaks to the pain and pleasure, the sadness and exuberance, the euphoric highs and debilitating lows of being human, and his talent for evoking all this simply, with only his voice and guitar, has only improved over time. 'Rich's songwriting hits the ears like a midmorning summer shower. His voice is certainly evocative of the moods he tries to create and is perfectly punctuated by his choice of instruments accompanying his mindful strum. Melodically there are flashes of Tim Buckley and Harry Nilsson...' 'What keeps the music compelling is the arrangement and the production. This isn't a purist album. Voices drip with echo and the washes of reverb keep the music floating and dreamy, just like a hundred years of summer. See what I did there just now?' (Joel Simches) The Noise.