Adrian Rosenfeldt | White Man

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White Man

by Adrian Rosenfeldt

Completely fresh-sounding New Wave Pop with plenty of hooks and interesting lyrics. Think of early Lou Reed, Roxy Music and Elvis Costello.
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Would You Push It?
4:11 $0.99
2. Dirty Daze
5:12 $0.99
3. Leaving The Wasteland
4:22 $0.99
4. Garden Of Love
3:31 $0.99
5. Sick With Sleep
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
MELBOURNE BASED ARTIST ADRIAN ROSENFELDT is no one trick pony. He can write and perform great pop songs one year - Julie, I Want A Little Girl, Big Brown Bag - and then release a rootsy, introspective EP, The Best Of Bad Love, the next. His new CD White Man is the closest he has come to fusing these two styles.

But what does White Man sound like?

Where The Best Of Bad Love was all cellos, banjos and acoustic guitar, White Man is a popping, keyboard drumming romp.

A punchy New Wave number with pop and psychedelic overtones of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Lou Reed and early Roxy Music. And this has to be the only song written about addiction that sounds so upbeat and exhilarating. The middle section features swirling organ, guitar and percussion. But most of all this is a taut pop/rock tune that jumps out at you.

The verses are full of brooding, claustrophobic ruminations on the dangers and fantasies of the student/teacher relationship, and the chorus is so catchy and uplifting it dares you to sing along. Dirty Daze feels like a close cousin to The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close To Me.

There are more hooks here than in a Japanese fishing vessel! An infectious, punchy pop song with some strong keyboard lines reminiscent of Cheap Trick's Dream Police. LTW also has a great lurch to it and some strong dynamics: the chorus really soars.

A breezy, melodic pop song about being promiscuous. The production and instrumentation are clean and lush, not unlike The Beach Boys or acoustic Nirvana. This song has a very pretty outtro that sticks in your head.

A soaring, complex pop tune that opens with a U2-ish buzzsaw guitar riff, and then retreats into a spartan, brooding verse with a skipping bassline. Adrian’s vocal is almost R&B, as he sings an idiosyncratic and poetic lyric reminiscent of Bjork. SWS has an emphatic techno beat until the chorus explodes with shimmering guitar and disco drums. A perfect blend of rock and dance music.

If you buy the WHITE MAN CD now you will receive a free download of Adrian Rosenfeldt's last CD THE BEST OF BAD LOVE.



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Adam Harrington(UK Press/Whisperin' & Hollerin')

Add Adrian Rosenfeldt to the growing list of New Wave revivalists worldwide. The difference is, though, Rosenfeldt seems to have really come from that late '70s-early '80s pub-rock period, as if he had taken a time machine and rocketed to the future, completely missing all of the trends in between. Which, for nostalgic souls such as myself, is actually a positive thing.

Rosenfeldt's voice is dry, quirky, and detached at times; clearly the influence is that of Lou Reed but there are traces of Tom Verlaine of Television, fellow Australians the Go-Betweens, and even the Bolshoi's Trevor Tanner. (The latter is most likely due to both of them having been listening frequently to Reed.) He's not trying to sound like a fresh-faced post-punk kid; I sincerely doubt he's that young, anyway. Some of the tracks here, such as "Would You Push It?" and "Garden of Love," could've been released on Stiff Records back in the day. (In an alternate universe, they might've.) "Would You Push It?" has the urgent hand-clap percussion of Elvis Costello's immortal "Pump It Up" while "Garden of Love" has an addictive keyboard hook worthy of the best synth-pop from the '80s.

My favourite is "Dirty Daze," a track about the Lolita Complex with warm Beach Boys harmonies and a deep vocal delivery that is reminiscent of Lloyd Cole (who I'm sure also worshipped Reed.) All in all, this is a fun rock record that fans of Reed, Costello, and Graham Parker would savor. Not much here in terms of lyrical bite, but Rosenfeldt keeps us entertained and happy.
author: Adam Harrington

INPRESS (Melbourne music magazine) Clem Bastow

it's a rather charming power pop/new wave stomp
When the word "quirky" appears in a single's presser, I am tempted to go running to the hills; fortunately, Adrian Rosenfeldt's White Man isn't as "quirky" (shudder) as that hideous word would suggest, it's a rather charming power pop/new wave stomp with a faintly Stiff sensibility that allows Rosenfeldt and his Fruit Lou(p) voice to win you over. No quirk required.