Following in the steps of a pair of electronics-embellished folk EPs, Eclipse is the debut record from Richmond, VA’s addy. As with addy’s previous work, Eclipse’s contemplative magic was produced entirely from home studios, lending a crucial flexibility to the album’s overall recording process, the final product of which belies its modest, DIY studio accommodations.
Led by the eponymous Adam Watkins, addy’s compositions navigate universal themes of friendship, heartbreak, and growth on the terrain of eloquent, country-reminiscent instrumentation. Natural ASMR-inducing textures and Casio-sequenced drum hooks create a unique rhythmic foundation for addy’s distinct lilt, itself occasionally adorned with honeysuckle-sweet pitch correction which lends the folkish twang an unusual yet modern slant.
Lead single “Planted” captures many of Eclipse’s salient elements with its wailing violin and pedal steel, evoking the strong emotions associated with healing and growth. On “Easier,” addy longs to alleviate the pains of a near-and-dear friend, whereas the album’s triumphant apex “Eclipse” turns the reflection inward in an entrancing, climactic ode to the self, punctuated with notes of optimism and hope.
It’s rare that an album can leave you speechless[...]maybe the power of Eclipse lies in its ability to be so damn honest, and transparently relatable.
[...] Eclipse doesn't prize answers, but exploration: of sound, of self, of nature, of experience.
Watkins’ style is a folky acoustic sort of thing, but he surrounds his voice with gooey synths, giving himself a homespun orchestral sort of grandeur. His music is pretty and chilled-out, but it’s not really lo-fi. It’s got more confidence than that.
A breathtaking alternative folk record full of light and introspection, addy’s stunning debut album ‘Eclipse’ moves us to slip into the depths of self for some much-needed self-discovery, reconnection, and renewal.
Atmospheric, folk-tinged indie pop
Their contemplative, moving material sounds simultaneously warm and intimate, and these organic and synthetic sounds contrast each other spectacularly, awash in Adam Watkins's sugary, quavering vocals.
-Gold Flake Paint
By taking tender care and lots of time, Adam Watkins has crafted a solid and consistent piece of work. It is the kind of album meant to be listened to through, and then played again.
It swells; it blooms; layers of violin, pedal steel, and subtly pitch-shifted vocals bring an oddly orchestral feel to the proceedings.
-New Noise, on Eclipse