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Video of the Moment #2831: Adam French

 
By on Thursday, 26th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Adam French is teasing us with tracks from an upcoming EP. The latest, ‘You From the Rest’, is taken from an EP of the same name that is expected out later this spring. Directed by French’s friends Silent Tapes, the centrepiece of the song’s promo is an orange tree, which has figured as an important artistic focus on the cover of his EP released last year, ‘Weightless’, as well as his most recent singles. I’ve gotten so intrigued by his use of the tree and oranges as imagery, that I wonder why he’s got a fixation on them. While you ponder that on your own, you can enjoy the video for single ‘You From the Rest’ below; the single is out now on Virgin EMI. For all of our past coverage of Adam French here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2766: Adam French

 
By on Friday, 12th January 2018 at 10:00 am
 

Singer/songwriter Adam French finished 2017 on a strong note with a new EP titled ‘Weightless’, released on the 8th of November. This week, he starts the new year by offering up a new promo video for the EP’s second single ‘My Addiction’. If you missed it, you can read editor Mary’s review of the eponymous first single ‘Weightless’ right back here.

French describes ‘My Addiction’ as “a song about temptation and withdrawal.” His lyrics draw a very clear parallel between the physical nature of chemical dependency and the perhaps unhealthy fixation of a tumultuous romance: “Lying to the ones I love / don’t know what I’m thinking of / God, you hold me like a drug / my body’s shaking, I can’t breathe / this could be the death of me.” The visual treatment of ‘My Addiction’ illustrates the sense of disorientation such a relationship can generate by dramatically juxtaposing images of boundless euphoria with those of dark and brooding introspection. “Often raw emotion is too powerful to ignore”, he concludes in the video’s press release, “and at some point you have to come to terms with the inevitable, whether right or wrong. Such is life.”

French will play a sold out show at London Bermondsey Social Club on the 1st of February, followed by a second headline show, for which tickets are still available, at the Manchester Deaf Institute on the 9th of February. His ‘Weightless’ EP is available now on Virgin EMI. TGTF’s full past coverage of Adam French is back through here.

 

Single Review: Adam French – Weightless

 
By on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

For farmers, the term ‘beast of burden’ came about to describe their working animals. Horses, donkeys and other creatures on the land were tasked to help with the most strenuous of jobs that were too difficult for man alone, carrying wares and ploughing the fields. What has become eminently clearer as mental health takes a more centre stage role in our lives is that as human beings, we ourselves can be burdened not just by physical weight in this life. The emotional toll of the romantic relationships we have with other people can be as equally burdensome, and carrying such a weight can come at a cost, one that is worthy of discussion and hopefully, resolution. In a quite evocative way, Cheshire-born singer/songwriter Adam French’s new single ‘Weightless’ demonstrates just this.

Structurally, French’s approach to the song is simple: initially, echoing, minor key electric guitar notes gently strummed, haunting in their sparseness, are the only accompaniment to his forlorn voice. A string arrangement comes in for brief moments throughout the song, low enough in the mix to continue the sombre atmosphere but without overwhelming everything else. Like previous single ‘Euthanasia’, the song speaks of an unbalanced relationship. “You say you’re gonna make it all right / how you gonna make it all right?”, he asks rhetorically. The pace is faster on these lines, as if he’s rushing through the words because he himself does not believe them.

In a slower tempo and with a beautiful lilt, French insists in the chorus, “only you can make me weightless”. This is just before he lets out an owl-like call that rings out in the echoes, emphasising the feeling of loneliness. The tempo speeds back up on the lines where loneliness turns into feeling lost and not himself at all: “I lose myself for a little while / remove myself for a little while / to prove myself for a little while”. The quickly, then slowly sung words provide an interesting contrast, the slower moments showing the full beauty of French’s voice. It’s when French pauses and lets his voice slink around the melody that you realise he has the potential of being Britain’s next great crooner.

A lovely ballad to tug on the ol’ heartstrings, ‘Weightless’ is a great first taste of his next EP, which will drop on the 8th of November. Watch this space.

8.5/10

‘Weightless’, the new single from singer/songwriter Adam French, is out now on Virgin EMI. The official video to the single is below. To watch an additional live performance of the song at London St. Stephen’s Church last year go here. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on him, follow this link.

 

Communion New Faces / April 2016 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 7th April 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Communion Music has recently announced its spring New Faces tour, which will start on the 23rd of April in Liverpool and run through the 30th of April in Bristol. The lineup for this series of New Faces shows will feature four rapidly emerging singer/songwriters: The Beach, Adam French (pictured above), Rukhsana Merrise and Matt Woods.

Tickets for the following shows are available on the Communion Web sit,, where each ticket purchased will include an exclusive EP with a track from each artist on the bill. Just below the tour date listing, you can have a listen to Rukhsana Merrise’s sassy new single ‘Money’.

Saturday 23rd April 2016 – Liverpool Loft Arts Club
Sunday 24th April 2016 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 25th April 2016 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 27th April 2016 – London St. Stephen’s Church
Thursday 28th April 2016 – Oxford Bullingdon
Friday 29th April 2016 – Brighton Green Door Store
Saturday 30th April 2016 – Bristol Louisiana

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Live Gig Video: Adam French performs stripped back version of ‘Euthanasia’ in Manchester

 
By on Tuesday, 19th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

It’s funny how fate works in mysterious ways. Prior to the start of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton last spring, late one night a girlfriend of mine ran into Adam French and his dad. The Cheshire-born singer/songwriter was celebrating in the seaside town, in an Irish pub of all places. Now signed to Virgin EMI, he’s all geared up for his first headline tour of the UK this month. It began last night in Leeds and continues tomorrow at a sold-out Communion show at London Social. (All the details of the tour are available in this previous ticket alert post.) French is purported to have a new EP out later this year too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Revealed yesterday is this live acoustic performance of French playing his track ‘Euthanasia’. Filmed in black and white in Hope Hill, Manchester, the performance has been stripped back of everything but his beautiful voice and equally beautiful black Epiphone guitar, making for a compelling, haunting listen. Watch the live video below. For all of our coverage of Adam French on TGTF up to now, go here.

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Adam French / January 2016 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Up-and-coming Cheshire-born singer/songwriter Adam French will be embarking on his first-ever headline tour of England in January 2016, hitting all major markets plus a couple of others. Tickets are now available from French’s official Web site. His current double A-sided and self-produced single ‘Hunter’ / ‘Punchbag Love’, out now. The first side of the single has its own promo video, which you can watch in Monday’s Video of the Moment.

Monday 18th January 2016 – Leeds Gaslight Club
Wednesday 20th January 2016 – London Social (Communion show)
Friday 22nd January 2016 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 23rd January 2016 – Birmingham Café Ort
Monday 25th January 2016 – Sheffield Harley
Tuesday 26th January 2016 – York Basement

 
 
 

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