Track of the Day #135: Adam Stafford – Atheist Money

Posted by Neil Wilson

Adam Stafford
Ok, so this track actually did come out last year as a single of sorts from Adam Stafford.  An album, Taser Revelations, was primed to follow and all was well we thought.  Rejoice!  But as so often can happen when you are releasing things in small indie batches, things got pushed back and then went silent.  Rejoice again though as Stafford’s third solo album now gets it’s release on 14 March once again via Song, By Toad Records.

Which brings Atheist Money back to the fore.  The track sees Stafford, known primarily for his chugging loops and experimental tenancies, take an stab something a little more ‘pop’.  That is to say pop on his own terms.  Atheist Money is accessible, yet there’s an inescapable intangible-ness.  Something that remains just beyond our grasp.  You can here this played out in the lyrics too – “I will not lie to you and you will not lie to me” – that sense of never completely knowing the whole truth.

For a track called Atheist Money, there’s beautiful gospel style singing; courtesy of vocalist Anna Miles; and touching sections of synths, while the percussion loops spit and stand out as always with Stafford’s music.  Listening to Adam Stafford always feels like a journey, never quite knowing where he will take you sonically.  In that sense, Atheist Money doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.

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