Picture yourself at an old-timey bar, ordering a triple of something 100 proof. You’ve just lost your job, your love, your dignity. Why go on living?!
But then a handsome, scruffy piano player emerges. His playing is Randy Newman-esque, with whimsy and a slight Western twang, only the lyrics are whispered in Spanish at Leonard Cohen depths. Sometimes the songs venture into creepy, sultry, and carnivalesque, with some burlesque instrumentation, like a muffled trumpet.
It doesn’t make you happy perse, but it captures your mood so well that you fall in love all over again, this time with the indie folk musician, Adanowsky.
Born in France to Chilean and Mexican parents, Adanowsky, or Adan Jodorowsky started as an actor and composer in French films. A guitar protégé of George Harrison, Adanowsky started making music in the late 90s. He really took off with his solo album El Idolo (“the idol”) in 2008.
To the envy of his screaming, rabid fans, Adanowsky met Le Butcherettes’ singer Teri Gender Bender in a hotel one day, and filmed this NSFW video for a rock track “Don’t Try to Fool Me.” In it, the stark naked “couple” fights into the streets of Paris, shocking actual passersby. Adanowsky said, after that over-the-top experience that nearly got him arrested, he was ready to put El Idolo to rest.
He released the lulling Amador (“lover”) this year, which features Adanowsky’s multi-instrument skills (bass, piano, guitar). His release “Me Siento Solo” (“I feel alone”) has a subdued, beautiful Beatles-style melody — a testament to his late mentor. I dare you not to raise your lighter to this one.
Adanowsky recently played at Mexico’s Mórbido Film Fest, where he rocked bloody make-up and talked about The Day of the Dead. Check out the video below — don’t miss his adoring Mexican fans losing their s***.