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Littoral Zone

by Adam Ross

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1.
Free Will 05:13
When did you first recognise The death of truth and the birth oflies? Hyperbole in the major key Lack of self-determination Might just bring me my salvation Without free will then you can’t blame me I look across and see my neighbour I think his name is John He’s bending down to pick crisp packets off his lawn He’s claiming compensation for the poisoning of his koi carp pond As far as I know, Frazzles have thus far failed to respond And he’ll tell anyone who’ll listen “The local parish church Is now a tattoo parlour What a backwards moral lurch” Tattoos versus religion A choice between the two? One’s a permanent mark you’ll regret in later life The other’s a tattoo Struggling to reach my pinnacle It’s hard these days to not be cynical Confident can seem aloof So I make my way, shuffling and shimmying Down the street looking somewhat simian Past the house with the old tin roof If romance is dead then I saw its ghost Leaning there on an old gatepost Misty-eyed with a crooked grin All I really want to do Is get a little drunk with you In a bath In a Premier Inn And like so many people I’ve struggled with the weight Of all the petty burdens I couldn’t abdicate And like so many people I struggle with the blues But maybe that’s just a consequence of the scattering of light which inevitably means we see certain photons as they radiate downwards More clearly than other hues
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Apogee
3.
Shrinking
4.
Caught The Sun
5.
Ego
6.
Union Gary
7.
I Get It Wrong
8.
Life Is Not A Competition
9.
Brambles
10.
The Going

about

24th May 2024 will see the release of Littoral Zone, the second solo album by Adam Ross - a musician described by Folk Radio as "one of Scotland’s most talented singers and songwriters".


The album is produced by multiple Scottish Album Of The Year Award nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Wasylyk and released on London record label Fika Recordings. Arts bodies Creative Scotland and Help Musicians have supported and funded the album in recognition of what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting musical collaborations of 2024.


The album is a heavily lyrical collection of warped 70s-esque indie-folk ballads inspired by Adam’s relocation to the coast. The title, Littoral Zone, is a term used to define where the sea meets the land but also a nod to a style of direct, literary observations about the people, landscapes and states of mind Adam has discovered since moving there. The lyrics cover themes of nature, politics, faith, love and death and are surrounded by Andrew’s deft production featuring luscious string ensembles and brass.


The writing of the album saw Adam move away from guitar and onto piano, having bought a slightly battered upright piano from a local antiques warehouse as a first priority after moving house in 2021. Chords, melodies and musical ideas were recorded on Adam's phone before lyrics were slowly built up during his walks on the beach and clifftops around the village of St Cyrus where he now lives.


Songs like Free Will and Union Gary chart and exaggerate the at-times ridiculous minutiae of day-to-day life, with the latter musing on British foreign policy via the prism of an unkempt garden. The Going and I Get It Wrong pay tribute to the natural beauty and mystery of coastal landscapes while Brambles falls into the musical tradition of the murder ballad, with a story loosely based on an amalgamation of true events. The album's darker edges can also be discovered in Shrinking and Ego which dwell on aging and self-doubt, however Apogee looks to counterbalance such themes with a pure outpouring of love.


The album sees Adam at his most musically ambitious and precise. In contrast to his more lo-fi and DIY previous work, Littoral Zone is a painstakingly crafted record which celebrates collaboration. Andrew Wasylyk's production and multi-instrumentalist performances bring sonic sophistication which is further heightened by Pete Harvey's heart-stirring string arrangements. Gillian Fleetwood's yearning vocals are a constant highlight throughout the album, as is Rachel Simpson's exquisite brass playing. Ultimately, Littoral Zone is an album of stories and Adam's lyrical knack shines throughout.

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releases May 4, 2024

Produced by Andrew Wasylyk

Performed by Adam Ross & Andrew Wasylyk
Additional vocals by Gillian Fleetwood
Brass by Rachel Simpson
String performed by the Pumpkinseeds:
Seonaid Aitken - violin
Gisela Hans - violin
Georgia Boyd - viola
Graham Coe - cello

String arranged by Pete Harvey at Pumpkinfield and recorded by Pete at Rossie on the Earn

Photography by George Mackie
Artwork by Erik Porter at Union Creative

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