The globe-trotting songwriter Adir L.C. delivers a dramatic and lavishly detailed indie-folk answer to the timeless question “should I stay or should I go?” with a resounding “both.” The songs describe a young person’s search for identity and purpose as something essentially solitary and global in scope.
Adir L.C. launched his musical journey in the same Glen Rock, NJ basements that nurtured Titus Andronicus and Real Estate. There he got his taste of the indie foment of the early 2000’s before heading off to the college jam town of New Paltz, NY in 2007. There, he became a pivotal player and promoter in the fledgling indie scene there.
It was also in New Paltz where Adir met former Wood Brothers drummer Jed Kosiner, his partner in the psych-folk outfit Fairweather Friends, a duo that could just as easily assemble as a ragtag, ad hoc collective and deliver ecstatic performances of Adir’s sturdy and deceptively savvy folk epics. Fairweather Friends released the well-received These Years on the Boat on Salvation and hit the road, from which Adir has never quite fully landed.
For all its complicated, multi-city birth story, Oceanside Cities is anything but a casual freak-folk travelogue; it is indie-orchestral, dynamic in its arcs, epic in its song forms and its flourish-filled arrangements, as Adir fully realizes the balance of confessional folk intimacy and broad pop ambition that his writing has always hinted at.
(by John Burdick)