The Declining Winter
"Goodbye Minnesota" CD
Genre: folk, post-rock,
Mar 6, 2009
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Richard Vincent Adams selects his
The Declining Winter is Richard
Vincent Adams (also of Hood), an unconventional songwriter
with an eye for experimental folk pop.
Goodbye Minnesota is a very satisfying debut album, and it's been
put out in a nifty cardboard sleeve courtesy of the charming Rusted
This largely instrumental disc is
a wistful, highly atmospheric
expedition, although it retains a melodic quality that makes it
especially listenable. Often, Adams' songs sound like excerpts
from film scores - which is a
good thing, to be clear.
The folky twang of "We Used to Read Books," for example, conjures up
images of a dusty Mojave desert at dusk, and "Goodbye Minnesota" might
accompany a slow aerial shot of a depressed suburbia. Adams
enlists the help of his friends on several of these tracks, although
the majority of the sound comes from himself and the
computer wizardry of Christopher Adams.
Unwilling to produce traditional 'songs,' Adams
designs meandering experiments that
can best be conceptualized as moodpieces -
whether they are instrumental post-rock dabbles like "Last Train to
Maple Grove" and "To Know Gospel", or more fleshed out offerings like
"Oh God C'mon" and "Hey, Nick Heyward" (the latter of which
is vaguely reminiscent of "Love Plus One").
As such, the vocals don't contribute much to the songs' melodies,
instead offering an additional atmospheric element to the proceedings.
Since Goodbye Minnesota isn't
afraid to experiment, it doesn't really qualify as a pop album
- even though these soundscapes are often remarkably
infectious. Instead, culling influence from folk, post-rock, and
electronic music, Adams has produced a uniquely engaging record
that deserves to be heard by adventurous music lovers.
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