August 21st - The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, with Withered Hand
The Toad Sessions
At the end of last summer, the record label invited myself and Robbie to their headquarters to record a live session, of which you can view the results of in the above video, plus a download link to all of the session tracks, an interview and hand-picked tracks from other artists that we played during the session all HERE!
Thanks to Glasgow Short Film Festival for screening my 2nd short film No Hope For Men Below in mid-February. The Jury gave the film a Special Mention at the end awards ceremony. This is what they said about the film:
‘No Hope For Men Below uses extraordinary sound design, stark imagery, and poetry to create a unique cinematic experience. This lyrical, expressionist retelling of the Redding Pit disaster of 1923 not only captures the poignancy of the literal event, but explores a multitude of wounds deep within the national psyche.’
The next screening of the film is at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol on Wednesday 17th of September, where it is screening in competition.
Imaginary Walls Collapse (and my good self) have popped-up on a few “End-of-Year” round-up lists this December. I’d just like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has said encouraging things this year about the record, all of you who attended the live shows and came up to speak to me afterwards and bought the record.
Robbie (Lesiuk, producer/engineer) and I are endeavouring to record the next record in 2014. The songs have been written and the parts have been arranged, we just need to get it down on tape (er, Logic)!
If you haven’t already got the album, it is available on 12” and download HERE!
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #1 Album of The Year in Jockrock
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #1 Album of The Year in Glasgow Podcart
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #3 Album of The Year from Last Year’s Girl
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #3 Album of The Year from Scottish Fiction
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #4 Scottish Albums of The Year in The Herald on Sunday
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #4 Albums of The Year in When You Motor Away
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #5 Album of The Year in Is This Music?
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #33 Albums of The Year in The Skinny
Imaginary Walls Collapse - Vic Galloway’s Albums of The Year
Imaginary Walls Collapse - Albums of The Year in Goldflakepaint
Imaginary Walls Collapse - featured in Frightened Rabbit’s Albums of The Year in Drowned in Sound
Adam Stafford #51 in The List Magazine’s "Hot 100"
Imaginary Walls Collapse - Albums of The Year in Sonic Reverie
Imaginary Walls Collapse - #20 Albums of The Year in The Tidal Wave of Indifference
I made a mix-tape with my friend Dave Arthur where we collated some of our favourite obscure vinyl (and some quite well-known stuff) into a continuous mix called Soaking the Apparatus, listen HERE!
Read a poem I wrote called The Shed, about an elderly woman who thinks there is a man living in her garden shed. Published by Hoax Magazine online.
- Just Added - Adam Stafford - His Acres (Online Exclusive)
That Adam Stafford fellow has been on the telly again.
Album can be bought here:
The Sweethearts of The Prison Rodeo released their début album “On the Desolate Hillside” via my Wise Blood Industries imprint.
I had a small hand in helping record and playing on the record, you can stream/download and buy one of the beautiful hand-crafted illustrated CD booklet from the band’s BC page HERE!
The very kind and lettered Lisa-Marie Ferla interviewed me before the release of the new LP and published it on her blog, Last Year’s Girl HERE!
“This is a quietly bold album, it’s unique brew of singular creativity and deference to traditional sounds unearths an all too rare air of finess" - 8/10, The Line of Best-Fit
“Adam Stafford is back and he might just have surpassed his own standards…A quite remarkable record, one which is both highly complex and ultimately welcoming" - Clash
“For all of the mind-puzzling intricacies of Stafford’s approach it’s his ability to write simple and wonderfully rich pop-songs that shines the brightest, and it’s those very basic and fundamental charms that make Imaginary Walls Collapse such a rewarding listen, and one of the years finest records” - Goldflakepaint
"Stafford still remains relatively unknown outside of Scotland, this could be the album that quickly changes that" - 4/5, The Skinny
“Stafford creates a masterpiece of composition via pedals, loops and effects, conjuring harmonised guitars and voices from a swirling mist of sound" - The Herald on Sunday
“All loop-building, axe-fuelled sonic (mis)shapes and vivid narratives… Imaginary Walls Collapse is tooled up in all sorts of deviant ways: it’s less acoustic; more propelled by electronics and the sounds of human harmony and dissonance" - 4/5, Album-of-the-fortnight, The List
“Contributions are chopped, looped and sampled to serve the artist’s twisted vision" - 5/5, The Arts Desk
"The songs are aqueous; they flow and drip, build and deepen… The record bristles with invention and is put together with a great eye for detail" - 7/10, Americana UK
“Imaginary Walls Collapse is clever, tuneful and wildly inventive" - The Tidal Wave of Indifference
“Layered guitars swimming in reverb and forming the base for a challenging yet tuneful collection. This is intelligently crafted soundscape meets highly accessible pop music with a few twists, in turns confident and robust and then heart-breakingly fragile" - Drunken Werewolf
“Walls is a focused, concentrated record that distils Stafford’s sound and style into an eccentric concoction” - Dauphin Mag
Stream Imaginary Walls Collapse HERE!
The Skinny magazine have written a fantastic article to coincide with July’s release of Imaginary Walls Collapse.
Read it HERE!
I was recently invited to compile a mixtape for the fantastic Bristol Blog GoldFlakePaint of music that inspired the new album.
Mix features Irma Thomas, Steve Reich, Bobby Womb, Sun City Girls and many others. Listen to it and read the track descriptions by clicking the bar above.
The first single from the new Adam Stafford record.