Adam Parker @ Hoxton Bar & Grill
aaamusic | On 05, Jul 2010
London, 30th June
Good harmonies mixed with strong electronic elements. This is what people found at Adam Parker’s gig at the Hoxton Bar & Grill. As a matter of fact, the London based singer/songwriter Adam Parker created the perfect blend between the dull but necessary sound of electronic music with acoustic and classic essentials. Someone could object that this mixture has already been experienced in the past, but what I saw last night was something different. Furthermore, those who already had a chance to listen to Adam Parker’s songs on his MySpace also had a chance to enjoy different versions of his tracks.
Adam Parker and his band (3 members: guitar, keyboard and drum) open the gig with Oh My, the perfect song to warm up the audience and let the band introduce their genre to those who are seeing them for the first time. The female backing vocal on this track marks perfectly the beat and matches flawlessly with Adam’s deep voice. The following songs Wicked Bird and K3 are well played and uncover a nice evolution of electronic elements through no lack of subtlety. K3 has piano notes that makes its live version more intriguing than the studio version. The first notes of the following track, Forget The Wood , reminds me of German band ‘The Notwist’ due to its calm yet absorbing sonority. The fifth track of the night is Smart Man (his best song so far) which is a must-have song on your iPod for a countless listening; a catchy tune that could be easily set between Moby and Blur. The live version of Smart Man, a little faster than its studio version, is simply perfect and gives the right vibes to the night. The song has not been released yet on CD or vinyl but it’s available to download on the artist’s MySpace for free. Last song of the night is Time For Ride, which once again, proves Parker’s music creating skills. Well then, Adam Parker is definitely a “Smart Man”.
The artist will play again in London at the Water Rats in two weeks time (July 16th). For more information and a free download of “Smart Man”, visit www.myspace.com/adamparkeruk .
Forget The Wood
Time For A Ride
Author & Photos: Luca Viola