Jason Adamo Band releases And Friends EP By: Erica Suarez-Pinket
There is something about the North Carolina sound blending rockabilly balladry, blues, soul, and 90s alternative acoustics which makes the case that North Carolina deserves a genre of our own.
The Jason Adamo Band release, And Friends executes a thoughtful and romantic collection so solid that it can be easily compared with the likes of other North Carolinian sound collectives such as Ben Folds Five, Firehouse, Daughtry, and even James Taylor.
The sound is highly reflective of the diverse talents each band member brings to the table while encapsulating the North Carolina aesthetic. The band which is comprised of members from D.C., New York, Italy and North Carolina have all contributed to the seven song gift as the romantic soundtrack for the cross county I-40 drive.
In a singles dominated music market, the EP appears to have been constructed as a complete body of work detailing as to how songs fall into each other and providing the listener with a consistent source of tuneage to set the mood, reflect, or unwind.
Focusing on the complexities of true lovers forever entangled as best friends, the EP takes you on an emotional journey of finding the Beautiful Believer of whom you can’t Let Go. After the cruel Game of Love plays itself out, Oliver welcomes love to the dancefloor with a subtle soulful western swing. The Ghost of Angels gently hard rocks love back to life while you wait with baited breath to Please Let Me In. As the contrast, the cool down conclusion of baring it all-- the anxieties, the regrets, the emotions-- is the unplugged realization that You Love Me.
Please Let Me In comes at the pinnacle of the EP and serves as one of the standout tracks that gives it all. The massive guitar solo, the supporting vocals, the drama of a build-up, the heart on the sleeve, and musical sincerity leaves the listener wanting for just one more verse. If the soft falsettos or the ambiance of universal love doesn’t reel you in, the balance of traditional rock guitar solos will eventually pluck you by the heartstrings and make you “wish you had somebody near.”
Comparably, Oliver, the blues, soul-folk western is nothing short of a jam for the country boys and girls. Oliver tips its hat to the days when country music was distinctly country and was never akin to a pop chart crossover. Without stepping out of sync with the natural flow of the EP, Oliver’s upbeat tempo assists as a great segue to the guitar-led Ghosts of Angels.
The songwriting and arrangement is quite ready for the mainstream stage as the Jason Adamo Band reminds us that there is a wealth of talent under the radar, fine-tuned and ready to rock. And Friends encompasses the auditory chemistry which could have easily excelled in the golden era of acoustic alt-rock amongst Hootie and the Blowfish, Third Eye Blind, and Edwin McCain; charting a new course for contemporary college band audiences.
As an additional bonus, front man Jason Adamo recently released a Prince cover of Purple Rain giving a soulful, folk rendition echoing sadness with a celebratory delivery demonstrating his versatility and the beautiful simplicity of timeless music.