Steven Adams & The French Drops - Keep It Light

Steven Adams & The French Drops - Keep It Light


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Once described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s smartest, most underrated songwriters”, Steven Adams’ aim was clear with this record. “I wanted to make a super personal, light-hearted and upbeat record,” he says. “I wanted to do the whole write about what you know thing and keep it as light as possible.” The lightness of the album was a guiding principle but it wasn’t a rule set in stone, as Adams soon found out the deeper he plunged into himself. “We had a running joke about how we were making an album called Keep it Light that is full of songs about racists and panic attacks and existential angst,” he says. “But it does you good to get that stuff out”.

The buoyant and relaxed mood can be heard across the album in its gloriously skipping tones - it’s a craft that Adams has been honing for years as the lead figure in outfits such as The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams, so much so that by now it oozes out of him with a seamless grace.

The album is one as full of joy and beauty as it is ink black humour and caustic revelation. Aptly, the album includes a cover of Herman Dune's 'Going To The Everglades,' and on the gorgeous shuffle of “Oh Dear” - recalling the kind of stripped back beauty of Yo La Tengo at their finest - Adams sings: “and true love will not find you in the end” - a knowing nod and a wink to Daniel Johnston’s earnest refrain that indeed true love will find you in the end. It’s such moments that fill the album with equal parts weight and lightness, a smart touch delivered with a deft hand. 


  1. Soft Landings
  2. Bring on the Naps
  3. Canary
  4. Gracechurch St
  5. Oh Dear
  6. Going to Everglades
  7. Note to Self
  8. My Brother, The Racist
  9. Jonny
  10. Mr Sunshine


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