Austin, Texas-based musician Adam Torres will release his second album Pearls To Swine on 9th September 2016 via Fat Possum. Stereogum premiered the lead track “High Lonesome”, which they described as; “a shimmering moonlit meditation”.
Pearls To Swine was recorded over eight days in January at Austin’s Cacophony Recorders with co-producer and mixer Erik Wofford (Bill Callahan, Black Angels, M. Ward, Okkervil River). Laid directly to tape, there’s a natural, warm, and almost magical realism atmosphere to the songs – like a high-stakes live show captured in a fantastical setting, each its own uniquely crafted cinematic soundscape. The core rhythm was captured live and augmented by a few overdubs, and Torres is joined on the album by the players in his band: Swans’ Thor Harris (on conga drums, vibraphone, and percussion), Aisha Burns (violin), and Dailey Toliver (bass/piano), with drums by Matthew Shepherd and Rodolfo Villareal III.
To truly understand Pearls To Swine and Torres’ arrival on his current path, one has to start at the beginning. In 2006, the then 20-year-old released his idiosyncratic, varied, and beautiful debut album, Nostra Nova. A DIY self-release, the album became a closely-held, sleeper favorite in the close-knit music scene of Athens, OH and over the years grew to a ‘cult classic’-like status. But not long after its release, Torres turned his focus from pursuing music professionally to other interests: he returned to college; traveled, taught, and volunteered in South America; moved to Austin to attend graduate school; and spent two years working for the state of Texas on a project aimed at cleaning the water quality of the Rio Grande River in South Texas.
All the while, he never stopped playing music, writing songs, or performing. Having penned more than 100 songs since 2006, Torres quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made inside the apartments he lived in during his time in Ecuador.