Sam Yield, Adir L.C., Isa Flowers
20 Meadow St.
(between Waterbury St & Bogart St)
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
The nine songs of Tica Douglas' new record Summer Valentine explore two landscapes: Tica's hometown on the coast of Maine, where she composed the songs in the Summer of 2012, and an old barn house upstate in Patterson, NY, where she recorded them during the coldest week of the Winter of 2013. As a songwriter, Tica refuses to turn away from age-old themes: heartbreak, desire, vows of friendship. Yet her lyrics are filled with invention and the subtleties of her voice never cease to pioneer new sonic spaces.
Adir L.C.'s most recent release, "Oceanside Cities" was written in various coastal cities and recorded in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv. Adir grew up in Glen Rock, NJ and started playing music with his best friend Cameron Wisch (Porches., Cende) in the same basement show scene that spawned acts like Real Estate and Titus Andronicus. After high school, Adir began a new chapter in New Paltz, NY where he was a strong influence in building the new indie scene as a musician and promoter. After a few years of traveling and living overseas, he has recently returned to New York where he lives with his friends and fellow musicians at the DIY show hose 'David Blaine's the Steakhouse'.
"For all its complicated, multi-city birth story, Oceanside Cities is anything but a casual freak-folk travelogue; it is indie-orchestral, dynamic in its arcs, epic in its song forms and its flourish-filled arrangements, as Adir fully realizes the balance of confessional folk intimacy and broad pop ambition that his writing has always hinted at. In its blend, it is as easy to hear his love of the seminal guitar rock of Pavement and Built to Spill as it is to hear his parents' extensive folk collection and his delight in buoyantly tuneful British Invasion pop."
Crowd-sourced, self-actualized and defiantly indie in the lost sense of that word, Oceanside Cities was released on Adir's own Dinky Pops Records in November.