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Adelyn Rose

folk rockers take new direction with debut album

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by Taylor Kuether photos by Frank H. Robinson

Of the new album, frontwoman Addie Strei says, “In the end, I don’t think this album best represents Adelyn Rose’s current sound, but I love this album for what it is.”
 
Of the new album, frontwoman Addie Strei says, “In the end, I don’t think this album best represents Adelyn Rose’s current sound, but I love this album for what it is.”

Even lead singer and namesake of the band, Addie Strei, will tell you that the band’s soon-to-be-released album, Mezzanine, is a different sound than what they’ve evolved into, but both versions of local group Adelyn Rose definitely have heart.

The new album is a 10-track trip back to your childhood backyard, running barefoot through the grass until summer’s last glow fades into night.

Just as the band’s sound has changed, its members have, too. Adelyn Rose consists now of Strei, Dave Powers on drums, Leo Strei on bass, and Ian Jacoby on keys. The band’s newer sound leans a bit more heavily on rock elements, while effortlessly maintaining its folksy roots.

The new album is a 10-track trip back to your childhood backyard, running barefoot through the grass until summer’s last glow fades into night. The transitions are sewn-together pieces of everything from vintage radio to babbling water, which only add to the album’s do-it-yourself feel and genuineness.  If you’ve seen Adelyn Rose play live any time over the past two years, the album will sound familiar. Even if you haven’t, you’ll still appreciate the unassuming quality of the album. It’s not presumptuous or over-processed, but not altogether a wallflower, either.

The band’s latest sound has evolved into something more assertive. “For a while I didn’t know if I wanted to release this album because our band sound and my songwriting has matured and changed a lot since these were recorded,” said Strei, lead singer and guitarist. “But we want it out there because, well, we recorded a whole album-worth of songs and that’s awesome.”

“Even though we have changed a lot, it might be cool for people to hear how things started,” said Strei. “There are a lot of layers. I’d lay down an acoustic track and piano and vocals, and then Paul (Brandt) would work some synth magic or layer on some guitar with cool voicings.”

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