Now fully established in the realm of pop music, Townes still manages to retain the intimacy of his singer-songwriter roots on his latest In Frames 2B, crafting an enjoyable blend between these two worlds while also leaving the door wide open for all possibilities.
Adyn Townes writes bona fide pop hits packed with sincerity, melodic hooks and forward momentum. Following up on his 2018 debut release, After The Fall, Townes began releasing new music in October of last year as a lead up to his forthcoming album due out later this summer. The rollout began with the EP, In Frames 1A followed by the single, Better, which dropped last month. Now, just a few months away from the full album, Townes has shared the new four song collection, In Frames 2B, which features his latest single, Cannonball.
Cannonball follows Townes predictable path of introspective, heartfelt lyrics penned in recognition of specific moments in relationships, chance meetings and cherished memories. A master of lyrical flow and pacing, Townes never fails to reveal something altogether unique within pop music’s rigid framework. Whether he’s highlighting an underserved aspect of appreciation or simply reinforcing a well-worn theme for expressing affection, his observational approach to sharing the many ways love can affect each of us rarely misses its mark, if ever. Cannonball’s distinction comes by way of a number of key changes that roll effortlessly beneath his words, perfectly serving the song’s emotional trajectory.
In Frames 2B includes the previous single Better and two new songs, That and Once In A While. A pair of contrasting arrangements that speak to both Towne’s past and his present musical directions, both of these songs work well with to offer space and pacing to this new EP. That is based around a simple acoustic guitar melody with the latter going all-in with keys and programmed beats driving things confidently forward.
Now fully established in the realm of pop music, Townes still manages to retain the intimacy of his singer-songwriter roots, crafting an enjoyable blend between these two worlds while also leaving the door wide open for all possibilities. This willingness to explore new sounds and accompaniment styles give each new release from Townes a level of excitement all their own.
Townes photo by Meg O’Neil. Cover art by Callie Mathieson.