By Tony Inglis
Is there anything more thrilling than seeing a band or artist you adore up so close you could reach out and touch them?
From Arcade Fire playing the Barrowlands as “The Reflektors”, to club tours by smaller but intensely adored acts like Slowdive and Dinosaur Jr., to tiny living room gigs by David Bazan, shows in cosy, intimate venues are a unique way to experience music.
One of the easiest ways to get this fix, is through instore events at local record stores.
Adam Torres, a singer songwriter who has called New Mexico, Ohio and Texas home, passed by Glasgow’s LP Records, situated on Park Road in the city’s West End, bringing with him his otherworldly falsetto and delightfully forlorn fingerpicked guitar tones, for one such performance.
His vocals, one part Nick Drake, one part Jeff Buckley at his most ethereal, many parts world weary and full of wisdom and beauty, rang out through the spacious shop, interspersed with stories of how certain songs came about.
His sound, in this space, is one that perfectly encapsulates what it is about these up close and personal performances we love so much.
Below, check out our video of the gig, with discussions with Torres himself, and with LP Records owner Lorenzo Pacitti.