After many years of playing drums behind bands like Iron and Wine, Chadwick Stokes, Manishevitz, Freak Water, Rebecca Gates, The Fire Show, Bevel and many others - and principle multi-instrumentalist member for the experimental rock band Califone, Joseph Adamik has put forward “Super Low” – a collage of songs starting at some primordial beginning and ending with an uncertain domestic big bang.
After leaving Califone in the beginning of 2012, that collaborative energy was focused towards what became a solo project. The songs evolved from years of internalizing the form structure of bands like Captain Beefheart and the improvisations of Miles Davis’ groups - mixed with new compositions that are as much inspired by Ron Wood solo records as Gustaf Mahler.
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Starting in mid 2012, the recording process evolved from demo recordings and after a few failed attempts at recreating the songs with a full band, the process returned to the original demos and focused on embracing the low-fi qualities in the spirit of bands like the Latin Playboys, or Miighty Flashlight with Adamik playing many of the varied instruments himself: bass clarinet, alto clarinet, tremeloa, celeste as well as piano, guitar drums and electronic manipulation through vintage samlers. Mostly recorded at home with additional recording at Strobe Studios and mixing at Minbal Studios, the recording was finished at the beginning of 2015. Side A begins with a particularly low-fi introduction “One” - leading to the first song, "Swimming Pool", which is a meditative ballad based on the struggles of growing up with a mother diagnosed with schizophrenia. The album continues with instrumentals "Endtimes Turnaround” and “Do Ron Ron” - all conjuring up images from childhood mixing samples from home recordings and angular melodies. Side B continues with the second vocal song “Working for more than Pay” based on the struggles of the Ernest Shacklton exploration - dissolving into a sonic tundra of tremoloa, electronica and low brass. “The Golden Frog” leads melodically downward into the dark drone of “the Dregs of Sir Legs” both instrumental - digging in deep. The album emerges with a finale of “Waking Up” directly thanking Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane and their rock-n-roll swagger. Adamik’s unique musical language that has been utilized in so many situations over the past 20 years can now be heard alone.