If you were to document your life in terms of kilometers, you'd want
to claim at least one ride that felt like Adam Said Galore's The
Driver Is Red.. Skittering song structures, wry vocals and chrome
precision -- their debut release is no generic cruise; rather, it's a
rough and magnetic ride full of inclines and bends, momentous eddies
and hurtling drops. "Coasting On Home" steely melodies,
surging arcs, quietly gunning basslines and delicate clamor
exemplifies the group's signature style. They segue from moody grace
to arching angular structures and back again. The key riff on "Barber
Ted" will skip around in your head for an infinity, while "Ben Bear"
motors away with thrumming lapses and treble rises. Adam Said Galore
have created an album that unfolds like a drive through the charcoal
shadows of unpeopled terrain industrial suburbs with empty
factories and huge sheds, encased by the amber glare of light posts.
Imagine shadows moving along the interior roof of your car like a
loop, the momentum of speed adding a dark gilt to what you see, the
mundane scene superseded by your thoughts of small things that make
you happy. The Driver Is Red is as complete and full of
movement as such a moment.