BARRY ADAMSON has released a brand new track, ‘The Hummingbird’, taken from Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018), a 40th-anniversary release charting the artist’s writing and recording career, out on 26 October 2018.
Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018) is out on limited edition double gold vinyl, CD and download on 26 October 2018, on Mute. Pre-order here
Barry Adamson explains, “ The Hummingbird is a Redemption song that started in Rome with the opening line. Written mostly on my phone, and recorded on my laptop, I wrongly had the tempo set at double speed, so the bass notes played twice as fast but that gave it a cool character, so I went with it. I thought to try and have no chorus and make it mainly instrumental and as majestic as I could at the end.”
October will see very special live shows presenting the full Barry Adamson experience. Manchester’s RNCM Theatre and London’s Union Chapel will host Adamson and band performing tracks from across the anthology “complete with strings and brass, flutes and whistles”.
UK LIVE DATES
29 Oct – UK Manchester, RNCM Theatre
30 Oct – UK London, Union Chapel – with Sink Ya Teeth
12 January – UK, Rockaway Beach festival
Memento Mori charts Adamson’s career from 1978’s Magazine track, ‘Parade’ (co-written by Adamson, from their debut album Real Life); to his work as founding member, alongside Nick Cave, of the Bad Seeds (‘From Her To Eternity’, co-written by Adamson); through his nine solo albums, from 1988’s Moss Side Story to the latest Love Sick Dick EPs, bringing everything up to date with a brand new unreleased track, ‘The Hummingbird’.
Barry Adamson has been creating all of his life. Brought up in Manchester’s Moss Side, Adamson learnt to play the bass overnight for Magazine, Manchester’s most influential band of that era. When they disbanded, five albums later in 1981, his singular style was spotted by The Birthday Party, with whom he played several times.
His establishment as a solo artist came after a three-year stint with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds with the release of his classic first solo album, Moss Side Story – the ultimate soundtrack to an “imaginary film” – which raised Adamson’s name as a composer of diverse complexity; able to tell a story with music, where the images were those supplanted in the minds of the listeners. Adamson has worked with some of the film industry’s most intriguing mavericks including Derek Jarman (The Last of England, 1987), David Lynch (The Lost Highway, 1997), Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994) and Danny Boyle (The Beach, 2000).
Having released nine studio albums, including the 1992 Mercury Music Prize nominated Soul Murder, 1996’s Oedipus Schmoedipus, which includes collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and The Associates’ Billy McKenzie, and his most recent release, Know Where To Run, which was in part inspired by a recent US tour, back playing with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds after 23 years, Adamson’s talents are as much in demand by new generations of artists as he was after his first solo release, with collaborations in recent years across a variety of art forms, including an Olivier Award-winning ballet performance by Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz scored by Adamson.
It was always a logical progression for Adamson to move behind the camera and once again his brooding film noir style and dark comedy has seen him write, direct and score a number of short films, including ‘The Swing The Hole and The Lie’’ (2014), as well as the recent video for They, Walk Amongst Us (2017).
Barry Adamson’s most recent releases, Love Sick Dick and Love Sick Dick Remixed – the latter featured a 6Music playlisted reworking by A Certain Ratio (featured on the Anthology) as well as remixes from Gazelle Twin and ADULT. – have seen Barry Adamson back on the road, recent shows included a unique live performance cut straight to lathe as part of an evening at the British Library examining the Soviet vinyl bootleggers.
Musician, composer, writer, photographer, filmmaker. Barry Adamson is not a man to take it easy.
MEMENTO MORI (ANTHOLOGY 1978-2018)
The Man With The Golden Arm (Moss Side Story, 1988)
Jazz Devil (As Above, So Below, 1998)
Civilization (Back To The Cat, 2008)
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)*
The Snowball Effect (The Negro Inside Me, 1993)
The Sun And The Sea (I Will Set You Free, 2012)
The Big Bamboozle (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)
I Got Clothes – ACR:MCR Rework (Love Sick Dick Remix EP, 2017)
Come Hell Or High Water (As Above, So Below, 1998)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)
The Long Way Back Again (Single Version, 2006)
Up In The Air (Single Version, 2016)
007, A Fantasy Bond Theme (Soul Murder, 1992)
Sweet Misery (Love Sick Dick, 2017)
The Hummingbird (Memento Mori, 2018)
Parade – Magazine (Real Life, 1978)
From Her To Eternity – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (From Her To Eternity, 1984)
*with Jarvis Cocker
Watch the video for ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’, starring Minnie Driver:
‘Set The Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis’, feat. Jarvis Cocker –
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