Steve Adey - Mississippi Remixed
Mea culpa ... One expects to miss the odd gem but this should have registered. Steve Adey is a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh; 'Mississippi' is taken from his debut album of 2006, 'All Things Real'. For this release the song has been remixed by Kramer, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and A Marble Calm. All of the touch-ups are done as sensitively as you might hope for a song so stately, so funereal (" A dark song", according to Adey - quite) and, as it happens, inspired by the work of John Lee Hooker, Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley. If influences count for anything, that debut record also contains a song called simply 'Mary Margaret O'Hara'. Whoa. (For showing such impeccable taste, I nearly gave this the thumbs-up without bothering to listen to it.)
Either way, 'Mississippi' is a beautifully monochrome, delicate piano-led piece, suspended on Adey's distinct, gravelly tones. Comparisons with The Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan are high praise but spot-on. A quiet gem. Now for the album.
'Mississippi Remixed' is available from iTunes, eMusic and other selected download stores.
'Mississippi' is taken from the Grand Harmonium release 'All Things Real';
Steve Adey Plays live in August and September :
Edinburgh Festival (Underbelly) - August 13th
Edinburgh Festival (Underbelly) - August 14th
Green Man Festival, Wales - August 17th
Glee Club, Birmingham - September (date tbc)
Old Mill Studios, near Glasgow - September (date tbc)
Bush Hall, London - September (date tbc)
More September dates will be announced/confirmed soon.