EP Preview- Albatross – Out From Under

Nashville – Just in time for Christmas, Albatross will be releasing Out From Under, an EP of five, heartfelt tunes. The uplifting lyrics are a welcome contrast to the winter cold.

Albatross is the moniker of Adam Stockdale, a Brit turned Nashvillian who has a knack for artful but stripped down songwriting. The warmth of acoustic guitar, ukulele, pedal steel, and other stringed instruments (many of which are played by Stockdale) fill the album. Big, punchy drums are missing, but horn and harmonies weave in and out instead, colorfully fleshing out the EP. Anything more than the subtle, brushed drums on the album would sound boisterous and heavy next to Stockdale’s mellow voice and guitar.

With deft use of instruments en vogue with indie-folk bands, Albatross could be considered part of the alt-country movement. He also falls decidedly into the singer/songwriter camp with lyrics that point to true north. Much of his music is about living in the world with direction and integrity. On arguably the EP’s catchiest song, “Puppet On A String,” Stockdale sings, “Puppet on a string, like a bird without its wings. You can’t go nowhere unless taken there.” Stockdale sings of lofty philosophies, but he seems to be living them out himself as he pursues his musical career far from his home country.

Prior to Out From Under, Albatross released a couple of EPs which you can hear on his Soundcloud page. The new EP veers away from the full-band sound on some of his past work. It is one that is personal, and thus appropriately led by Stockdale’s own finger-picking. This EP is his cry to humanity on many levels, and a brief indication of what a full album could be.

You can pick up Out From Under through Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon on December 24th.

 

Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

My first memory is of singing Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” quietly to myself during preschool naptime. Perhaps it’s because I’m from Nashville where an instrument lives in every home, but music has gripped me for as long as I can remember.

After dabbling in many parts of the music industry—recording studios, PR, management, labels, publishing—I’m expanding into music journalism because I’m yet to find anything more rewarding that finding and sharing new music.

A longtime sucker for girls with guitars, my musical taste unabashedly follows the songwriting lineage of Dolly Parton and includes Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and Neko Case. But not to pigeonhole myself, my music love is big love that stretches from R.L. Burnside to Animal Collective to Lord Huron.

I’ve recently moved home to Nashville after living in Boston and Big Sur for several years. I’d forgotten how music pours onto the streets ten hours a day, seven days a week. I’m honored to share the creative explosion happening here. If your band is in the area or of the area, please reach out!
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