Jersey-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Adam Melchor just released his sophomore EP, Plan On You! To celebrate, he’s given us a breakdown of each of the new tracks; you can check out the entire EP and Melchor’s words below, plus check out this Spotify playlist ft. songs he found to be inspiring while writing this latest body of work.
Be sure to catch him when he hits the road this spring, too! He’s in Brooklyn on May 6th for a show at Baby’s All Right, and he’ll also be performing in Chicago on May 9th and LA on May 21st should you be in the area for either of those. HERE WE GO:
PLAN ON YOU:
I wrote “Plan On You” after my dad saw his dad for the first time in 40 years. His dad is unable to speak due to his health, so when they met, they didn’t talk much but the connection was still there. This song is about finding a way back into someone’s life, and I tried to imagine it through the lens of this moment between the two of them. The lyrics are geared towards what I think my dad’s dad would want to say to him if he could speak. I brought this to Andrew Sarlo the first day we met, and we recorded it on a Tascam Tape Recorder through a $10 thrift store mic. The ease of the recording and simplicity of it lent itself to the story, which is a simple apology with a huge amount of emotion riding underneath the words.
MEANS TO A MEND:
My best friend Danny’s family is like my second family. I met him while auditioning for The Voice. Neither of us made it on the show, and after I didn’t make it, his family invited me to a beach house they had for the week on the Jersey Shore. It was such a positive experience for me and brought me back to why I write and perform songs, and reminded me what the process of coming back to happiness looks like. A couple years later, Danny called me and told me his dad fell off a ladder and broke both his ankles. I went to the hospital to visit and his dad told me about a dream he had, where he was falling from the sky, and as he was zipping through the air he could see his house and the ladder. When he landed (in his dream), he woke up suddenly and looked around the hospital room to see his wife and daughter there. I asked him what he thought after that, and he had this incredible point of view, where he said he knew he was going to be fine the whole time because his family was right there with him, and he knew they would always be there to catch him. That’s where the idea of “how to land on a means to a mend” comes from, because without the people that love me surrounding me, who knows where I would end up. When it came to producing the song, Andrew and I wanted to make it sound like a dream. I played him a demo of the idea I had in his car and he totally brought it to life, basically turning my iPhone voice memo into an experience.
I recorded this after a mini run of shows opening for Mac Ayres in California. I was opening my set with I” Don’t Wanna See You Cryin’ Anymore”, but felt like I could make a cool intro with my vocal pedal to lead into the song. I started doing this live and decided to throw some mellotron samples underneath it. I showed this to Andrew and he asked me if I could send him the file, and he put it through a couple delays and tape machines. Some of my biggest influences come from film scores and Jon Brion’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is one of my favorites. I just imagined making something that would be on that soundtrack and then this came out! So thank you to Jon and Jim Carrey.
I DON’T WANNA SEE YOU CRYIN’ ANYMORE:
I wrote this song after letting someone down who I cared about greatly. The theme of re-connecting with the people I love and the moments that test that love run throughout this song. I recorded it in my first apartment in LA when I moved from New Jersey, and brought it to my friend Jon Gilbert to mix. I sort of loved the idea of just having a simple guitar and vocal song and even tried a million different versions, but the one that ended up making the EP was the original one I recorded. Jon did such a great job of mixing my bedroom recording and I felt like it was a perfect way to end the EP.
Featured photo by August Belfiglio