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Adrian Adioetomo: I’m Throwing Myself into the Fire

Yudhistira Agato

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, April 5, 2021  /  12:41 pm
Adrian Adioetomo: I’m Throwing Myself into the Fire

Adrian Adioetomo purposely escaped his settled life to find inspiration. (JP/Jose Riandy)

Singer-songwriter Adrian Adioetomo insists he cannot create music unless he feels a sense of urgency or something “bursting” inside of him. Digging deep into the highs and lows of his personal life over the past few years, his new release – which is officially untitled but being referred to as Violent Love, Gentle Kill after a line written inside the sleeve – sees the 48-year-old bluesman deliver a very personal album that showcases his range, both musically and emotionally. While Violent Love, Gentle Kill still sounds unmistakably Adrian (meaning it bluesy), it borrows a lot of other elements from country to Americana, folk and alternative rock. If his previous material was more of a “pure expression,” this time, Adrian had something more specific in mind. “I wanted the album to be picturesque,” he said, “country rhythms and Am...