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Archer's Arrow

by Adam Klein

A fun, rocking album featuring thick guitars, organ, piano, and a steadfast rhythm section balanced by Klein’s signature warm and engaging voice. Folk rock, Americana, and rock n roll with top notch Athens, Georgia, and Water Valley, Mississippi, players.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Song for a New Year
4:44 $0.99
2. Bloomington
5:49 $0.99
3. Boybutante Dreams
3:56 $0.99
4. Burnin' Love
6:42 $0.99
5. Radar Man
5:05 $0.99
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6. Bad Fog of Loneliness
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7. Say You Don't Love Me
3:27 $0.99
8. Wild Goose Chase
4:14 $0.99
9. Heartbreak Airplane
3:19 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After five albums touching on everything from rustic country to folk, Americana to West African Mande music, Adam Klein remains a songwriter in pursuit, fashioning tales from and of the wide world. The Georgia-based artist's most rocking and raw album, "Archer’s Arrow", was released on September 22, 2015.

The story begins around 2010, when Klein’s Cowboy Angel Music label released an album by Athens’ Nutria, a now defunct pop-rock outfit of top-notch local players. In turn, the band backed Klein on an album. By the time they convened to record in the Sonic Research Facility (the group’s basement studio) in the fall of 2011, Klein brought in songs written across continents - in Mali, India, in Bloomington, Indiana, at home in Athens, Georgia, and more - across the span of a decade.

In three or four sessions, Klein gathered with the remnants of Nutria- the ever-steady Eshelman, the dependable Andy Pope (bass), and an extemporizing David Weiglein on electric guitar- and made short order of recording the songs. The approach was simple and loose- Klein played a song for the band, they ran through it two or three times, and hit record. Typically using the first or second take, Eshelman made quick mixes of the tracks and Klein was out the door with the basics of an album.

Though he had the makings of a strong album, Klein knew it could sound even better with careful sonic attention. "Archer’s Arrow" was shelved for nearly three years, an unfinished yet promising project. In the meantime, Klein recorded and released "Sky Blue DeVille" to acclaim with a cast of rotating players in his band, The Wild Fires. In 2014, engineer, producer, and former Wild Fires drummer Bronson Tew returned to Athens to revisit and build upon the original "Archer’s Arrow" recordings.

Tew later brought the songs to Dial Back Sound studio in Water Valley, MS, and further built the tracks. Under Tew’s skillful hands, the collection achieved its warm and layered sonic state. Tew added electric guitar and built three of the songs (“Boybutante Dreams” and closing tracks “Wild Goose Chase” and “Heartbreak Airplane”) along with Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition’s Stuart Cole (bass) and Eric Carlton (organ, piano). The result of the cross-state collaboration bridging Athens’ finest purveyors of pop-rock and the tasteful stylings from the Delta in the service of Klein’s folk rock material is the singer/songwriter’s best sounding record.

"Archer’s Arrow" is a lush, textured collection with thick guitars, organ, piano, and a steadfast rhythm section balanced by Klein’s signature warm and engaging voice. Some tracks are firmly folk rock in nature and others mark the Americana-leaning troubadour’s assured and welcomed foray into rock and roll. It’s fitting for Klein to give a nod to one of his favorite songwriters, Neil Young, covering the slightly obscure track “Bad Fog of Loneliness.”

The songs take on a darker lyrical edge, from the opener “Song for a New Year” to the blazing end-of-love jam “Burnin’ Love”. And there’s a lightness and just plain fun: “Radar Man” is a reworked poem Klein’s grandfather wrote whiling away the time as a radio and a radar repair technician in the Philippines during World War II.

Klein’s quiver is full of stories untold and songs unsung. With "Archer’s Arrow", he reaches back and sends out an exhilarating musical shot, straight and true, a folk rock n’ roll bullseye.

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