Tom Schick (Wilco, Mavis Staples)
FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL
The Loft, Chicago, IL
The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new album, Tuscumbia, might not be the first thing you’d expect to hear from an Alabama band named after a John Steinbeck reference. Combining mellow, atmospheric rock and swirling, retro power-pop, it’s more Big Star than Swampers, but it’s an ideal gateway into the blissed-out world of Belle Adair, a group that manages to make even worry and isolation sound inviting. Recorded at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios with Wilco producer/engineer Tom Schick, Tuscumbia calls to mind everything from The Byrds to Teenage Fanclub as frontman Matthew Green’s meditative lyrics navigate a slew of major life changes, contemplate the meaning of home, and grapple with the realities of life on the road. Read more....
“They hail from Muscle Shoals but in many ways Belle Adair recalls another famous band from the South: R.E.M."
“...here in Alabama, there are bands like Belle Adair doing this kind of dreamy sound that has a connection to roots music but isn’t directly derivative...It fits in really nicely with the new South sound.”
"Left to their own devices, Belle Adair goes for a much gentler sound influenced by the work of groups like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. Their songs breeze by, urged forward by chiming guitar lines and melodies that seep into your skin like lotion. The band’s second album Tuscumbia abounds with that feeling, capped off by some cozy production work captured at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals and Wilco’s Loft."
"Dreamy, guitar-driven melancholia with a Southern twist. The blissful "Get Away," with its brightly ringing guitars and unhurried groove, mixes Britpop and California country-rock cool."