Glaswegian acoustic performer Robin Adams returns with his fourth release an album inspired by the life and death of Vincent VanGogh, Adams’ lyrics really channelling his profound appreciation for the man and his seemingly unflinching dedication to his work, and the sacrifices he made for art's sake.
Drawing on influences like Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Vincent VanGogh and Arthur Rimbaud, the record has a predominant theme throughout. Although two of the ten songs are themed on the tragedy of war and one poem in particular by Arthur Rimbaud, 'Sleeper in the Valley', the rest of the songs are based around the character of the archetypal struggling artist; struggling being a state that Adams knows all too well. For in spite of his numerous awards (The Burns Song Award, The Billy Kelly Songwriting Award, Emerging Excellence Award) a chronic illness has held him back from realising any kind of touring schedule. His previous record ‘Wilt’ documented these darker times, selling out its limited run, finding popularity thanks to its claustrophobic and gloomy qualities.
The Garden is released on April 13th through Backshop Records and a single from the album is available to stream below via Soundcloud.