Adam Torres To Perform Special Backstage Show At Stuart’s Saturday< < Back to
The Austin, Texas based songwriter’s recent release Pearls to Swine has received praise from NPR Music, Mojo, and Stereogum and many others.
In 2006, 20-year-old Adam Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova. With many truly breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise, and is simultaneously weathered and young. A DIY self-release, Nostra Nova found deep, long-lasting roots within the small Athens, OH community at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later.
Following its release, Torres went back to college and turned his focus to other interests. But all the while, he never stopped playing music, writing songs, or performing, even while living in Ecuador on and off for two years, teaching English and volunteering in rural villages in the Ecuadorian Andes, among other things.
In 2011, Torres moved to Austin, Texas and enrolled in graduate school at the University of Texas. Having penned more than 100 songs since 2006, he quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made inside the apartments he lived in during his time in Ecuador. In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue. Called a “cult classic” by The A.V. Club, the album finally achieved its due, earning additional praise from Stereogum, VICE, Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire, which wrote of Torres as, “someone who was, at an early age, able to connect his own odd experiences to the concept of life itself in an almost innate way.”
There’s a persisting theme that threads through his own story as well as newest LP, Pearls To Swine. Within the cosmos of the album, characters experience a sort of misadventure and persevere, casting light on the way life can lead you down a path that’s far from where you wanted to be. He embeds his own folklore within his high-lonesome sounding, deeply felt and moving brand of folk music. Nature abounds on Pearls To Swine – which also examines the tension of the natural versus the constructed, and survival – filled with imagery of juniper trees, deserts, blood moons, rivers, plains, and big western skies that gives it a distinctively southwestern feel. His style acknowledges the classic singer-songwriter tradition, allowing the rhythm sounds to support the structure of songs, while his affecting falsetto conjures the spirit of traditional vocalists such as John Jacob Niles and Robbie Basho.
Tickets are on sale now and are general admission with the audience sitting on stage with the performer, for $12 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased by calling 740-753-1924 or at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.