H.E.A.R. Honors Adrian Bourgeois
Perhaps the best melodic argument out there against post-modernism, San
Francisco’s Adrian Bourgeois creates music that welcomes everyone to wrap
their minds around his insatiable pop hooks, intricately arranged harmonies,
multiple layered productions, and thoughtfully hopeful lyrics.
“Alienating times create alienating art, where we just out-alienate each other,”Bourgeois says.
“Instead, I want to perform really accessible music for people to rally around.”
Stylistically, Bourgeois is reminiscent of such pop music pillars as Paul
McCartney and the Beach Boys, as well as more modern songwriters such as
Elliott Smith and Rufus Wainwright. As Sacramento News and Review’s
Jackson Griffith raved, “Simply put [Bourgeois’s songs] are among the finest
post-Beatles pop tunes I’ve ever heard. One day, in the not-too-distant
future, Adrian Bourgeois will be an influential force in pop music."
He’s already well on his way. At the age of twenty, Bourgeois has received
the 2007 Sacramento Area Music Critics' Choice Award for best songwriter and
was a popular choice nominee for best pop artist in Sacramento in 2006. In
May of 2007, he won the grand prize for music in the national OurStage
contest, leading to features in CMJ and Relix.
Adrian’s self-titled debut album, released on the east-coast label C-Side
Records, has been called “absolutely brilliant” by Griffith and "a Grade A tourde-
force" by Absolute Powerpop, which also named it one of the top three
albums of the first half of 2008. John Meyer of the Boston radio station WERS,
writes, “There's as much C.S. Lewis as there is Simon and Garfunkel in this
Californian's airy, dreamy folk-laced sound....He's a wide-eyed six-year-old
boy trapped inside an twenty-something pop-genius's body.”
Take a listen to Bourgeois’s delightfully infectious power pop melodies at
and visit him at http://www.myspace.com/adrianbourgeois
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