A Delicate Motor Expands with New Release

The group's new album 'Fellover My Own' is a riveting exhibition of the project’s continued expansion. Plus, Siren Suit releases debut EP and Mad Anthony plays first show since completing ambitious 'Mad Anthology' project.

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A Delicate Motor’s "Fellover My Own"
A Delicate Motor (or ADM) began about five years ago as the unique performing/recording project of Cincinnati musician Adam Petersen, who created compelling soundscapes by looping sounds from a variety of instruments (including keyboards, percussion and voice) and layering them both in the studio and in a live setting.

Every sound on ADM’s 2013 self-titled debut full-length, a mesmerizing collection of imaginative sonic explorations, was performed by Petersen, but the project has undergone a transformation of late that finds the musician embracing a more collaborative spirit. Now a full band, A Delicate Motor’s live presentation features Ben Sloan (of local group Lazy Heart) on drums and percussion and Stephen Patota (also of Lazy Heart and a member of the adventurous local ensemble The Happy Maladies) on bass, as well as singer/songwriter/guitarist Brianna Kelly, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Rachel Mousie and singer Libby Landis. 

Petersen (who continues as the project’s composer and also sings and plays keys, percussion and kalimba) is joined by Sloan and Patota on A Delicate Motor’s new album, Fellover My Own, a riveting exhibition of the project’s continued expansion. The two tracks from the album previewed on the ADM Bandcamp page (adelicatemotor.bandcamp.com) are sort of microcosms of the project’s growth, starting out sparse and minimalistic before broadening out into a fuller, dreamy and somewhat psychedelic lushness. 

There is also a thoughtful existential philosophy behind Fellover My Own. “This work posits to express the experience — trifling, humbling and humouring — of the conundrum of human effort,” Petersen writes in the press materials for the album. “By endeavouring to cultivate higher self, or spiritual awareness, or better person, we paradoxically inhibit ourselves within our very striving.”

Fellover My Own will be available in full through Bandcamp this Saturday. The full ensemble will also present the material live Saturday at The Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave., Northside, hoffnerlodge.com). Beginning at 8 p.m., the new-look A Delicate Motor will play Fellover My Own in its entirety. The show is open to all ages and there is a $5 “suggested donation” at the door. Hard-copy versions of the new album — featuring a paper-fold packaging design by Sydney Wise and art design work by Jon Flannery of Cryptogram Ink — will be available at the release show for $10. 

For more on A Delicate Motor, visit adelicatemotor.net.

Rockin’ Returns and Introductions

A newer band with some familiar faces, Siren Suit, celebrates the release of its debut EP this Friday at Northside Tavern (4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsidetav.com). With the heavy vibe of so-called Stoner Rock mixed with more complex Post Punk ideals and sharp melodies, Siren Suit includes guitarist/singer Dave Cupp, formerly of local acts like Caterpillar Tracks and Dophesus (and more recently drummer for Old City and member of tribute bands Man Halen and The Spiders), singer/bassist Kyle Knapp (The Turkeys, Future Strikes) and drummer Matt Retherford (Royal Holland, House of Feeble Minds). Visit sirensuit.bandcamp.com for a listen.

Headlining Friday’s show (which begins at 10 p.m.) is Mad Anthony, the hard-touring local Rock crew that proved it’s also quite hard-recording and hard-writing too after completing its Mad Anthology project, which had the band releasing a new song every week for an entire year. Friday’s show is the group’s first since the ambitious project’s successful completion, as well as its first hometown show since November of last year. Get the skinny on Mad Anthony at madanthonyband.com

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected] 

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