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Peter Adams

. . . playful but foreboding, majestic but quirky, and always infectious.
- NPR, All Songs Considered

Peter is a composer, producer, violinist, guitarist, and singer. He released his debut album, The Spiral Eyes, in 2005 to critical acclaim. The album, described by Magnet as “classically influenced and yet tethered to nothing but his own fevered imagination,” was written, performed, and produced entirely by Peter. Since then, Peter has released several more albums - I Woke With Planets In My Face (2008), Songs For Modern Dance (2010) - as well as producing works for film, theater, television, and dance. His most recent release is Fifteen Fires in the Filament Eve.

Check out videos of some of Peter’s works, listen to full-streaming albums, read some press, interact with the collection of individual tracks, and get the latest news.

Fifteen Fires in the Filament Eve

  • 2013
  • 62 minutes
Buy it on bandcamp
Adams’ music suggests something of mythic proportions is unfolding.
- David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

A collection of both new and old, featuring my most recent recordings as well as my oldest, and everything in between.

More about Fifteen Fires in the Filament Eve »
  1. Where the Incline Alights the Hill
    14:01
  2. Stranglevine
    02:21
  3. Love in the Afternoon
    04:39
  4. Flashlights
    05:51
  5. We Collide
    02:17
  6. Theme from “Sunday’s Mother”
    01:35
  7. Theme from “When the Dogs Cried Out”
    01:25
  8. Untitled (Tourette’s)
    01:54
  9. Great Wave
    03:30
  10. Vivian Girls Overture
    03:10
  11. Feet to the Fire
    02:33
  12. Listen Harmony
    03:22
  13. Stand in the Sun
    03:24
  14. If Only Child
    02:52
  15. In the Evening
    04:59

Songs For Modern Dance

  • 2010
  • 29 minutes
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From its first notes, it invests the dance with a fable-like quality, a sense that something momentous – maybe even magical – is about to unfold.
- David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

A collection of two EPs, ‘Dances For Heather’ and ‘I Am A Strange Loop,’ comprising music I created for the Cincinnati Ballet in 2009 and 2010 for their New Works program.

More about Songs For Modern Dance »
  1. Bending Sky
    04:05
  2. Cypress Knees
    04:05
  3. Cumulus Spires
    08:05
  4. The Sullen Saint of Eden
    05:54
  5. The Tangled Canopy
    04:10

I Woke With Planets In My Face

  • 2008
  • 50 minutes
Buy it on bandcamp
With all the drama of an ethereal movie soundtrack, Adams' songs brilliantly merge his classical training (he started playing the violin at age three) and the inevitable teen-punk backlash. On his latest, I Woke With Planets in My Face, the hyperliterate Adams composes folksy pop tunes solo and translates them into full-band symphonies.
- Kari Wethington, Spin

Wandering through a floating jungle with a string band and stumbling onto a ruined city of waterlogged bass drums, mossy chord organs, and a tribe of melodicas dancing to a phonograph of Bela Bartok and Tom Waits playing Sgt. Pepper with kazoos.

More about I Woke With Planets In My Face »
  1. In the Great Green Room
    02:18
  2. The Observatory
    04:12
  3. Conversation With the Moon
    05:40
  4. Into the Mist
    03:59
  5. Sprinkler Song For Jessica
    02:15
  6. Ziggurat
    03:56
  7. I Was Looking At the Ceiling, and Then I Saw the Sky
    03:14
  8. Ghost in the Fen
    04:06
  9. Antarctica
    07:00
  10. Annabel Lee
    03:03
  11. Eyelids
    03:36
  12. The Seventh Seal
    06:59

The Spiral Eyes

  • 2005
  • 45 minutes
Buy it on bandcamp
. . . like viewing a classic-rock mosaic through kaleidoscope eyes. The album's dozen tracks include moments of Radiohead's exquisitely crafted chamber angst, Jeff Magnum's chemically-altered, wide-eyed wonder, Jeff Buckley's angelic introspection and the Flaming Lips' finest flights of orchestral fancy.
- Corey duBrowa, Magnet

Eleven tracks of melodious, neo-psychadelic pop with generous servings of stringed instruments.

More about The Spiral Eyes »
  1. Cementalisque
    04:41
  2. I Evolve
    04:06
  3. When the Morning Dies
    04:12
  4. The Disappeared
    04:37
  5. More Than You Know
    03:35
  6. The Invention of Nuclear Power
    02:45
  7. Shoot the Moon
    05:24
  8. Sleepwalker
    02:35
  9. Spiraling
    05:12
  10. Mister Grieves
    04:38
  11. Elevators
    03:26

New Video – Rossmere

A collaboration with choreographer Tori Lawrence and designer Heyne Bogut.

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Vinyl is Back

Just a quick note to let people know that I put the vinyl editions of Planets back on Bandcamp. I have 21 left – get your copy!

  1. John Fisher wrote:

    Hey I would like to buy a hard copy of “Listen Harmony” off of “Fifteen Fires in the Filament Eve” but it looks like you only made 100 signed CD copies. I don’t necessarily need a signed copy but sure would prefer a CD or album over a digital download. Is there any chance you will make any more CDs of Fifteen Fires in the Filament Eve? Thanks, John

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    • Peter wrote:

      Hey John, thanks for posting. I don’t have any plans on producing more copies of Fifteen Fires – it just wouldn’t be fair to people who bought it due it being a limited edition. I think your best bet for a hard copy would be to buy the single and burn it.

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