ADT (Alan Daniel Tobin) writes stories of the heart wrapped in atmospheric soundscapes. Hugely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the West Cork landscape and his family, he has a minor obsession with lighthouses. His debut solo album (Volume I) is produced by multi-instrumentalist Justin Grounds. It was recorded in a little room overlooking the beautiful town of Clonakilty, West Cork, and is due for release at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival next September. ADT is also a member of the alt-folk band LOWmountain.
Hugely atmospheric debut solo single Even The Sun Don't Shine On Lonely Hearts in Shadow shows ADT as an artist capable of writing and performing deeply evocative pieces with strong lyrical foundation. The wailing vocal suits the arrangement and the overall dark, melancholic vibe of the track. The cello seems like a perfect way to pull the emotional strings. ADT sings straight from the heart, making you drop everything you're doing and enjoy the little things in life. The instrumentation bring the sensation of windy rainy weather near the sea into your ears. Or is there something else you hear in there? A waterfall? There is no wrong answer.
Let’s leave the rain behind for awhile
Hold you in a nutshell and light a fire
Moments last forever, my dear
The song was selected by Brendan Canty (Director of Hozier's Take Me To Church) to be part of his workshop for the First Cut Youth Film Festival this year. The track was partnered with writer/director Richard Harvey. The result can be viewed here: