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Yes, Sleep Well Death

by Tom Adams

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Thomas Helzle
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Thomas Helzle Tom, you are amazing!
Thank you so much for those fragile masterpieces you create.
I love your voice and your intricate arrangements. Beautiful!
All the best from another Berliner :-) Favorite track: The Breaking.
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1.
Peninsula 06:27
2.
Dear Future 06:23
3.
Cold Noise 04:41
4.
The Breaking 05:04
5.
In Darkness 04:17
6.
Dive 08:05
7.
The Garden 06:51

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In 1923 the British explorer George Mallory was interviewed by the New York Times about climbing Mount Everest. When asked why he wanted to climb the mountain, Mallory famously replied ‘Because it is there’. The year after he gave the interview, Mallory died on the slopes of Everest, It is unlikely he ever reached the summit.

There are many reasons why people do things. But when I consider the question of why do I write music, i find Mallory’s response ‘Because it is there’ to be a near perfect answer.

In its own way I have always considered music a form of exploration, there is a true excitement in trying to do something without knowing if it is possible or not. Stories like Mallory’s are inspiring not just because of the physical achievement involved, but also because of the mental willingness to go into the unknown, despite the potential consequences.

As I was writing the music that became ‘Yes, Sleep Well Death’, I realised that although I was mostly writing from the piano and guitar, the music i was hearing in my head was much more diverse and ambitious. The music was pulling somewhere over my musical horizon and it felt like the right thing to do to follow. A creative journey into the unknown.

The result is something that i am very proud of. I feel that it has a lot of the DNA of the melodic songwriting from my first record ‘Silence’, but exists in a wider, grander world of new musical landscapes. Writing this record has left me with a lot more questions than answers, but to quote the 19th century explorer Fritjof Nansen; “What lies ahead? we cannot be sure, but it must be beautiful. A start on such a night is full of promise."

- Tom Adams -

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released November 9, 2018

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