A DELICATE MOTOR
A Delicate Motor [ADM] is the sound composition project of Adam Petersen, a Cincinnati native. Adam, a classically-trained pianist and percussionist, composes by way of energetic improvisation, expressive vocalization, and meditation on the repetition of loops.
While studying piano performance at CCM, Adam was tending a social culture with many other creative conspirators in their residence at The Marburg Hotel. The Hotel came to be simultaneously a living place, recording studio, and concert venue - a quasi-public, creative safe space for the engaging community. Their collective creative yearning yielded many months of live arts events, phenomenal expressions, social interactivity and individual growth. Since the cultivation of this place-based community, there endures a momentum by which A Delicate Motor streams.
Originally a solo, loop-based songwriting effort, ADM has expanded to incorporate drummer / producer Ben Sloan [WHY? / Lazy Heart / Naytronix], and guitarist / bassist Stephen Patota [The Happy Maladies / Lazy Heart / Naytronix]. The trio recorded an album with Henry Wilson [Pop Empire] in the summer of 2016, and have since developed the ensemble to include vocalist Libby Landis, vocalist / guitarist Brianna Kelly [Soften] and vocalist / pianist Rachel Mousie.
Fellover My Own arises from a quietude, within which, by way of gently cupped ears, we begin to hear messages beckoning the listener towards truth. It is the trifle of the human experience, that by endeavouring to manifest a higher self, or spiritual awareness, we paradoxically inhibit ourselves within our very striving. The messages here intend to relieve the listener from this paradox, of falling over one’s own devices, and instead begin to move with conscious choosing.
Fellover My Own is a collection of notes to self, messages for the listener, and it is the listener’s own prerogative to determine what those messages indicate for their own living experience. As much as these messages are intended for any listener, they are meant for me to hear. In ephemeral moments, they reveal to me glimpses of truth, of clarity and wisdom.
This album is an invitation to fall in love with who I am becoming. to bring genuine interest and tolerance to my relationships with others, and to cultivate compassion and celebration for humanity in their effort to evolve according to what is true and good. In power, with grace, I hold my dear self wholly.
“...ambient, psychedelic and strangely melodic, a slanted, otherworldly interpretation of Pop that is often mesmerizing." - Mike Breen, CityBeat
"The band’s ambient experimental pop presents familiar sounds and feelings to us through a stirringly unfamiliar lens, provoking us to consider our world at a distance, looking at life as if from a bird’s eye view. Rising out of silence and rushing back from a roar, Fellover My Own beckons us to dwell in its otherworldly state, only to reveal that we are merely seeing another side to the world we already knew!”
- Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine
“Precious in its execution and earnest in its intent, the musicianship of these band members allows for Petersen’s genuine moments to land without feeling forced or over-theatric. The heart of the band falls in line with Akron/Family while the head more closely lands near Tortoise. It’s a unique space to occupy, especially for a band so young in their development, which is just as exciting on the debut album as it promises to be for the ones to follow.”
- David Obenour, Ghetto Blaster Magazine
“In a world that increasingly favors the loud and flashy over the quiet and thoughtful, Cincinnati’s A Delicate Motor aim to grab your attention with subtle gestures over Instagrammable flourishes.”
- Gil Kaufman, Billboard