Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds on LP + Download
With her debut, Beyond The Bloodhounds, Nashville-based artist Adia Victoria travels the land of Delta blues, afro punk, and country and reveals a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. Ask her about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, "I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable." Adia is a truth teller. She admits, "I don't necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn't the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I'm just ugly. There's a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there's also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood."
Beyond The Bloodhounds was produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney) and the artist herself and recorded at Nashville's Haptown Studios. The album features the indelible lyrics, voice, and guitar solos of Adia along with a band of talented musicians including Tiffany Minton (drums), Alex Caress (keys), Mason Hickman (guitar), and Jason Harris (bass).
Growing up in Spartanburg, SC and raised in a strict, Seventh Day Adventist atmosphere, Adia knows about feeling less than whole. But following her inner voice, and creating a new life for herself in New York, Atlanta, and now Nashville (with stints in Paris and Germany) honed a self-assured voice that resists the outside gaze. She explains, "I wrote this album as a memorial to my 20s. Those are tender years for a lot of women. It hurts." Like the writing of Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams, there is plenty of Southern Gothic styled, marrow deep joy to be found on the album.
Ultimately, Victoria's debut album is more both/and, than either/or. The complexity of her Southern, barrel-aged roots and world traveling, bookworm woman ways will lure you out of the status quo. Now on the brink of her 30s, fluent in the language of her own self, Adia Victoria stands poised to take her place in a line of true artists.