Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter Adron released “Be Like The Sea” today. The song is the second single from her her new album, Water Music, due August 17 via Tribo Records. Adron tells Relix, “Consider ‘Be Like The Sea’ a wishful throwback to the early days of The Muppet Show, back in the early ’70s when you’d have Harry Belafonte and Stevie Wonder hanging out in goofy costumes, surrounded by puppet fish and parrots, singing about whatever, to totally solid ’70s pop jams. That’s where I want this song to live. It’s generally, vaguely about the ocean, and happiness and freedom – it’s only barely about anything, really, because in my heart of hearts I think there’s no philosophy of any value in the universe that doesn’t just boil down to celebrating happiness, freedom and niceness. And the best way I can think of to say that is just to create a vibe.”
With her transcendent melodies and luminous voice, Water Music dreams up a Tropicália-inspired sound whose graceful intensity and subtle depth reflect every nuance of her ever-shifting emotional state. Recalling sounds and melodies heard on early records by The Cardigans, Feist, Beck’s Mutations, and more, Adron says that Water Music is “a love letter to the ocean, and a defiantly joyful look at escaping the gravity of land.” Indeed, on Water Music, Adron reveals herself as an artist with the courage of mind to exist on her own plane, and the force of imagination to expand any listener’s sense of possibility.
Water Music follows Adron’s album Organismo and centers on elements signature to Adron’s sonic palette: an airy yet commanding vocal presence, and a kaleidoscopic guitar style shaped by Brazilian luminaries like Luiz Bonfá and Caetano Veloso. Produced by her longtime collaborator Martin Kearns at his Atlanta studio Down in Deep, the album also finds Adron mining ’70s-soul as a heavy influence, broadening her role as a bandleader and composing the album’s elegant horn arrangements. Woven throughout Water Music are Adron’s sweet-as-birdsong whistled melodies (she is also a champion whistler who’s challenged Andrew Bird to a duel on several occasions!).
After purchasing an Os Mutantes album as a teenager, Adron became drawn to Tropicália’s collage of shapeshifting musicality and Dadaist lyricism. She adapted her guitar-playing to fit the genre’s sensibilities and taught herself Portuguese in order to master the lyrics. She hit a major milestone in 2013 when she opened for Os Mutantes in Atlanta and sang with the band during their encore-then received an invitation to join their lineup on tour.
Over the years she’s also endlessly earned admiration from her fellow musicians, with her past experiences including collaborations with artists like Helado Negro, Prefuse 73, Stereolab‘s Laetitia Sadier, and Yeasayer‘s Jason Trammel. Most recently, she opened up for Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, who was so taken with her performance that he spontaneously asked Adron to accompany him for two additional tour dates.