Aadams – “Castaway”


“Castaway” is a lush, late-night synth-pop track from Aadams, the project of a singer/songwriter from New Jersey named Andrew. As the project’s first release, “Castaway” impressively sets a consuming electronic soundscape with emotive vocals, which grow from a delicate presence to one with present emotion and melodic backing adornments. This is the ideal track to come down with after a long work week, so it’s pleasantly fit for a Friday.

“Musically this really was the result of me tinkering with some new synth toys I’ve gotten into recently,” Andrew explains. “I come from a more organic musical background – I’m a cellist, guitarist, and bassist by trade, but as you can hear in the song, I’ve veered more toward the electronic side of things lately. This song heavily features the Korg Minilogue in the main theme, and the bass and other goodies are the Behringer Model D.” Regarding the lyrics, he comments: “I think the song conveys a more somber tone than I intended, but it actually comes from a place of new-found maturity (I’m a new dad) and contentment.”

“Castaway” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Nocturnal Electronica.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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