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In following up 2016's excellent Beyond the Bloodhounds, Adia Victoria both deepens her arresting Southern poeticism and takes a significant sonic leap beyond her indie blues origins. On Silences, the singer/songwriter's sophomore set, the melting pot of swampy blues, folk, and garage punk that marked her debut has given way to a more exploratory and layered approach. Recording in Upstate New York with co-producer Aaron Dessner (the National), Victoria frames her 12 varied missives against a backdrop of subtle electronic noise, austere string and brass orchestrations, and tensely cinematic indie rock. While the blues are not absent from this set, they are transmuted to something more ephemeral and adapted to whatever climate or situation suits the artist's needs. A native of South Carolina who did stints in New York, Atlanta, and Europe before calling Nashville home, Victoria's prickly relationship with the South remains a throughline in her music, and she pulls no punches grappling with its deep-rooted influence. Whether slaying spiritual deities on the dramatic "Clean" or coming to terms with demons on the Fiona Apple-sque "Devil Is a Lie," she plays on her own mercurial nature, delivering a devastating emotional blow followed by a playful wink. Of Silences' more pop-driven arrangements, "The City" and "Get Lonely" reveal her aptitude for silvery synth-led fare, while the more organic swagger of songs like "Pacolet Road" and "Dope Queen Blues" build on her previously established strengths. Combative, defiant, and teeming with Victoria's distinctive mix of streetwise poeticism and literary depth, Silences is a strong and inventive follow-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2019
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678654251
catalogNumber: 584312
Rank: 176070

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adia Victoria   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar
Jason Harris   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Jon O'Hara   Keyboards
Stuart Bogie   Clarinet,Flute,Jew's Harp,Saxophone
Aaron Dessner   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano
Dave Nelson   Trombone
Clarice Jensen   Cello
Kyle Resnick   Trumpet
Adam Schatz   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Yuki Numata Resnick   Violin
Mason Hickman   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards
Timothy Beaty   Drums
Pete Eddins   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Billie Holiday   Composer
Jon O'Hara   String Arrangements
Stuart Bogie   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
James McAlister   drum programming
Bryce Dessner   String Arrangements
Aaron Dessner   Producer,drum programming
Dave Nelson   Bass Arrangement
Justin Vernon   drum machine
Herbert Nichols   Composer
Jonathan Low   Engineer
Mason Hickman   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Additional Production
Adia Victoria Paul   Composer,Lyricist
Adia Victoria   Producer,drum programming
Omari Paul   String Arrangements
Adam Hill   String Arrangements

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