DG Adams’ Searching For Flowers Proves Fruitful
It might be a bit of a stretch to describe DG Adams’ new release, Searching For Flowers, which just hit the streets on April 30, as melancholy. However, there’s a definite—if not definitive—sense of longing characterizing this five-track release that’s evinced in nearly each aspect of it.
The title of the opus is likely the most apparent, although it’s readily reinforced by the bleak winter landscape in the artwork accompanying it. Many of the song titles reflect this theme as well, such as “In Absentia”, “California’s Burning”, and, to a lesser extent, “Dangerous”.
Regardless, there’s no mistaking the fact that the collective (there’s 10 musicians and vocalists credited with getting down on this project) really has something on “Absentia”, an acoustic guitar dominated work that’s alternately reflective, sinister, and sad. The first of these attributes is due to the worthiest of acoustic guitar serenades that drives the track and, without which, it simply wouldn’t exist.
But the bass pairs with it in a number of key parts, while conventional drums are eschewed for bongos exuding a rich sense of percussion. The sinister aspect of the tune is definitely its strength. With the string reeling and the pace ambling about, you’d swear this was right for a drive-by scene in a movie, if not elsewhere. This sonic landscape is perhaps the best on the collection of cuts for the lead singer’s weathered, persistent style which, in conjunction with the rest of the music, turns in a performance worth remembering.
The song is only exceeded on this release (depending on one’s mood) by “Dangerous”. The latter kicks off the array of tracks and has one of the hardest bass lines you’ve likely heard in a minute—or on the rest of these numbers. That would be Vinay Lobo flipping it on the lows with a groove that only gets better the longer you hear it.
Plus, there’s an incendiary lead electric guitar creating the aura for which the tune is named, while the rhythm guitar is equally as cogent in spurts. The primary vocalist gets a little help from Anna Katarina on the harmonies, and the crew is in good shape for the rest of the tune—if not the remainder of the release—with such a rousing start.