Richard Adams and his The Declining Winter
project return to Home Assembly Music with an impressive
second album for the label, ‘Home For Lost Souls’.
Taking it’s name from a hostel that Syd Barrett was
alleged to have stayed at in the early ‘70’s, the album’s title
points to the subject matter that concerns Adams in his
songwriting. From the cost to one’s sanity at just making it
through another wearisome 9-5, to the ominous beauty
of the North Pennines landscape, and love in a time of
But far from being austere, the 14 songs presented
here are generous, warm, deceptively simple, multilayered
compositions. From the upbeat openers, ‘This
Sadness Lacks’ and ‘Home For Lost Souls’, to whimsical
instrumentals, ‘Golden Terrace’ or ‘When Things
Mattered’, all the way through to the outrageously catchy
‘Hurled To The Curb’ or the melancholy introspection of
‘The Wild Girl Laughed’ and the quietly epic ‘The Right
As you might expect from Adams, he wears his heart and
his influences on his sleeve. At times it feels like listening
to a glorious cross between Disco Inferno and Talk Talk,
Robert Wyatt and even Felt, with occasional smatterings
of Radiohead as well as a brief hint of PiL on the rustic,
‘The Summer Circuit’ and ‘A Field Defunct’.
released March 23, 2015
All songs written and played by R V Adams
Drums on 2, 4 and 9 by James Yates.
Vocals on 4, 9, 11 by Joanne Ellis.
Lovingly tweaked by Barrie Cummings, mastered by Antony Ryan at Red Paw Paw
Photography Tony Cole, Richard Adams. Layout: HAM
Thanks to James Yates, Joanne Ellis, Barrie Cummings, Tony Cole, Chris Adams. M&D, Northerner