‘Old Paint’ from Adam Hill - build new directions on old foundations(July 01, 2015)
Making a distinction between ‘old and ‘new’ is usually down to one being as ‘fresh as paint’ while the other has a down-at-heel, well-used look. That may well be, however if you’re singer-songwriter Adam Hill the distinction is less clear, especially if you’re prepared to build new directions on old foundations. His new album, ‘Old Paint’, takes the disparate parts of old and new and mixes them to a degree where it’s hard to distinguish where one begins and another ends. This approach can make it kind’a hard for the listener but for those prepared to ‘take it as it comes’ and let Hill’s brand of ‘new-timey’ music take you away there’s something special happening.
On this album, Hill collects old folk songs, morphs the chords and lyrics, into his own style and serves up an album that incorporates the familiar, the not so familiar and the downright different into something that may not please everyone but will surely be loved by some. From the out and out drive of ‘The Cuckoo’ and honky-tonk tinged ‘Cindy’ through the unfamiliar and unusual although curiously attractive guitar-come-dulcimer take on ‘Three Hundred Miles’ to the sparkling mandolin of ‘Soldier’s Joy’ there’s an intriguing idiosyncrasy at work. The warm expression of ‘Burleson County Farewell’ stands out as does the melancholy strangeness of ‘All The Pretty Horses’, a familiar though different version of ‘Down By The Riverside’, while a singular take on ‘Goodbye Old Paint’ takes an old song to places it never thought to go.
‘Old Paint’ is one man’s vision, share it and you might just find you’re a kindred spirit. Website: adamhillmusic.com
Review: Tom Franks