Adam Green

Singer-songwriter Adam Green has gained acclaim the world over for his beguiling mix of musical styles and personas. Each subsequent release throughout the 28 year-old New Yorker's prolific body of work has revealed a different, emergent aspect of his personality. From lo-fi prankster with his work in the Moldy Peaches, to lush crooner songsmith in his hit "Jessica," to avant-poet twisting words and melodies into something uniquely his own, watching Green develop has been a fascinating and engaging process, something akin to seeing Leonard Cohen stuck in a game of Q-bert.

The most complete synthesis of Green's development, documented on Musik for a Play, came to be in a commission. The instrumental tracks that make up Musik for a Play were penned for the production of the theatrical adaptation of Paul Auster's novel "Timbuktu." Having its premiere at the renowned Zimmertheater in Tubingen, Germany, the compositions are Green's most fleshed out songs to date. Filled with swirling arrangements - where clarinets rub elbows with rock drums, oboes with synths, classical guitars are picked against vaudeville rhythms - Musik for a Play is a steadfast testament to the ever-evolving talents of Green as a composer and arranger, and stands as the strongest document yet of the breadth of his songwriting abilities.

Contraphonic, Inc. is excited to announce the release of Musik for a Play, a limited edition lp containing the entire soundtrack recording of Green's compositions for "Timbuktu," and three solo-guitar demo recordings, showing the genesis of the tracks. With only 500 copies available, Musik for a Play is both an artifact and a collector's item. Musik for a Play will be available in both physical and digital stores everywhere on May 11th, 2010.

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"Big Lips" (mp3)
"Sailor Shirts" (video)

Releases on Contraphonic

  • Musik for a Play. CON 086. Released: 05/11/10
    Tracklisting: Gallop / Sailor Shirts / Big Lips / Lazy Dog / Twins / Ellington / Lasers / Sticky Ricki (Remix) / Ron Asheton / Sailor Shirts (demo) / Big Lips (demo) / Gallop (demo)