It often feels that we are wading through an exhaustingly digitalized lifestyle, which also translates to an abundance of electronic music. And though this can be loads of fun, it can also be scattering, and when something as full, wholesome and lushly acoustic as Adam Awad's new single "Troubadour" comes out, it feels like a warm breeze, a heartfelt embrace from the ground up.
Adam is a half English half Egyptian songwriter and musician who doesn’t seem to feel the need to fall into the race to do something terribly left-field or experimental. As he says in this new single, “let’s not do anything, about anything.”
Though that notion is extremely attractive, it’s obvious that Adam has done something quite nice here. “Troubadour” is a nostalgic folk/Americana track with the friendly perfume of '60s psychedelia. Guitars, drums, jangling tambourines, a dynamic violin that jumps between country riffs and hints of Serge Gainsbourg-esque orchestration, all held down by fluid bass, Indian tablas and Awad’s effortless, placid voice. The track swells to a rapturous, driving peak, evocative of some of Wilco’s more energetic moments.
Troubadour" features prominent Egyptian artist Hany Mustafa on backing vocals which explains those ear warming harmonies, and Yasmine Samy on that heart wrenching violin. Take a few minutes respite, sink into "Troubadour," and as Adam suggests, sit back and "not do anything, about anything."