AWARD-WINNING DARTMOUTH-BASED MUSICIAN & SONGWRITER TO RELEASE NO TELLING WHEN (PRECISELY NINETEEN EIGHTY-FIVE) JUNE 24 VIA SONIC RECORDS
TOUR DATES COMMENCE JUNE 16
“Hitting a sweet spot between rustled-up roots rock and early '80s Springsteen anthems, ...full of jumpy backbeats, joyous acoustic strums, and baseball stadium organ sounds.” Exclaim!
“authenticity in song…victory anthems for the nine-to-five weekday warriors” CBC Music
PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF COOKE
Adam Baldwin is perhaps best known as a member of Matt Mays’ band, however the Dartmouth based musician has already been awarded Nova Scotia Music Week’s Male Artist Recording Of The Year on the back of his 2013 solo EP. Today the songwriter is celebrating the release of his first LP, No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five), by streaming the entire album ahead of its release date courtesy of Exclaim!.
Set for release on June 24 via Sonic Records the album was produced by Liam O’Neil (The Stills, Metric) the album also features the talents of Josh Trager (Sam Roberts Band), Brian Murphy (Alvvays), and Leah Fay (July Talk). The title track and first song “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)” describes events in New York City in 1985, the year before Adam was born, and suggests how, thirty years on, not a lot in our culture has really changed. A particular unnamed real-estate developer, reality TV star, and politician personifies this idea.
The first single “Daylight” was inspired by the lead up to the last federal election in Canada, occurring during the recording sessions. “It’s a song about both the unity and division we felt as a country,” says Baldwin. “It’s a song that should remind us that this change was spurred by a desire for a different direction, and that while our course appears to have changed, we have to demand that it continue to do so.
“Anytime” and “Sparrow Song”, both featuring backup vocals from Leah Fay, loosely form a two act play and the centre piece of the album. In “Anytime” Adam sings about young love and all the hopes and fears that come with that, while “Sparrow Song” describes those fears when they become reality.
“Rehtaeh” is about the systemic failures that led to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons in 2013 and is, as Adam puts it “maybe the most important song I'll ever write.” The album closes with “Living Proof”, a song about the Canadian Dream, and how as Adam points out, “the dream is elusive because it isn't made available to everyone. It can't be attained by just anyone.”
ADAM BALDWIN TOUR DATES
June 16 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
June 17 - Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
June 18 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (NXNE)
June 19 - London, ON @ Rum Runners
June 23 - Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
June 25 - Wentworth, NS @ Wentworth Recreation Centre
July 2 - Charlottetown, PE @ Fishbones
July 13 - Halifax, NS @ TD Jazz Festival (w/Metric)
July 16 - Wolfville, NS @ Luckett Vineyards
July 28 - Sydney, NS @ Makin' Waves Music Festival