‘Levitate the Base’ by Adam Rose casts a wide musical net with relative ease
Adam Rose is a bit of an anomaly in today’s music landscape. A self-described “multi-instrumentalist and vocalist” who “avoids categorization, (by) simply playing what he loves,” Rose, a Pittsburgh native, knows he’s not your everyday artist, and he seems perfectly comfortable with that.
On “Levitate the Base,” his latest instrumental, ambient psychedelic album, Rose presents a series of well-produced, interesting songs that each have their own personalities to them. It’s an album recommended especially for fans of Peter Gabriel and Brendan Perry/Dead Can Dance or early Pink Floyd.
His may be a very specific niche, but regardless of the genre, Rose exhibits his talent with a wide range of instruments. Not only that, he takes musical ideas and expounds upon them with great effectiveness. In that spirit, the rock songs “Slam Dandy,” or “Freaky Fried Flapjacks” are likely the best tracks on the album. Although, I must also say that “Helena,” is a stand-out track, too, only partly due to the fact that it’s named after the capital of Montana. Obviously.
“Levitate the Base,” at times might try to be too much all at once, however taking that risk without worrying about how it’ll please or displease investors, or how it’ll capture the 18-to-24 demographic, is something that’s awesome to see.
And, even if the album is straight instrumental, the tracks all tell unique stories. And sure, sometimes Rose will take a good riff and play it over and over and over again, which might unsettle some. For example, on “Paisley Arcade,” I loved the riff, but hearing it 20 to 30 times in a row gets to be a bit much for my ears.
That issue aside, though, if you’re in the mood for something different, something original and something that you can dig your teeth into and taste the rainbow of musical variety, give “Levitate the Base” a listen.