Adam Zareba – Thoughts Plucked From The Mind review

AZCWhile we were at Load of Meat Fest several weeks back, we had the opportunity to see Adam Zabera’s excellent live show – you can check out its sheer brilliance in full here. In fact, the 19 year old singer/songwriter wowed us so much (even with a set entirely of covers) that we’ve taken the chance to spread the beauty of his second EP, Thoughts Plucked From The Mind. Despite being released back in April, it’s of such a quality that we reckon it’s worth checking out regardless.

Unsurprisingly, the boy’s filled with the passion to travel and play music across the world, and with his debut EP One Year On – released in 2012 –  creeping into the Top 25 of the alternative chart on iTunes, he seems to be well on his way to success. After completing a tour of America this summer, the acoustic star’s now working towards his next release; another EP, entitled The Nocturnal Sessions.

This five track offering elaborates on straight-forward acoustic guitar work, throwing in hints of percussion guitar and blending in featured vocals for two of the tracks. Simplistic and undisputably honest for it, there’s a distinct heart-on-his-sleeve style employed once the chaos of a full band can’t mask lyricism. This honesty is one of the many factors that makes Adam’s work so appealing and accessible, his general charisma doing nothing to harm that mix.

In the Nottingham scene, it’s easy to make comparisons regarding this type of music, and from the off, Josh Kemp’s work springs to mind. An intricate opening to Growing Up gives way to Adam’s gift for storytelling, with a generally upbeat track that only glimpses at his internal motivation delivered with moments of underlying sadness; this is clearly a song as powerful as the changing world he speaks of. Sense of Denial would’ve been the perfect track to open the EP; faster and tighter, the luscious emphasis on vocal work isn’t lost to the enthusiasm.

My personal favourite off the release comes in lengthy The Girl Who Lived Too Far Away – a modern-day love song. Guest vocals (this time from Morgan LaFave) highlight and enhance the finer moments, blending the piece into a beautiful and delicate work of art. Flecks of percussion guitar shape out Revenge Served Sweet, and despite the fact that the piece feels as though a Frank Turner-esque cresendo will be imminent, there’s a defined control in the track. The sort of song to have a live show clapping, power drives this along with a rough edge prevailing towards its close. The same intricate style commences Happy, a more personal number and the best way to close the release; with blended in female vocals.

For fans of acoustic music, this is a must-listen – and he puts on a mean live show.

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