All Reviews

Maxim Adams' 'Amora' (Review)

Written on 07/28/2021
Natalee Gilbert

California-based producer/musician Maxim Adams has officially dropped his highly-anticipated EP, Amora. The 3-track project is an excellent blend of atmospheric elements that are rooted in House. Likewise, the transitions seemingly go well with the song's overall theme. Overall, each record takes one to another realm, inviting listeners alike to explore the unknown. 


Maxim Adam's artistry is sought out due to his fresh approach to dance music. Nine times out of ten, Adam's beats liven up ordinary electronic elements by meshing vigorous drums with eclectic piano chords and synths. Moreover, each record illustrates a different emotion. His recent singles have been luring every walk of life. The reason behind this stems from their trance-like styling. 


Maxim Adams also plays guitar and shares lead vocals in an LA-based rock band Deep Fryd Dynamite. He's joined by Folsom Keller and Alec Monterastelli (who play major roles behind the scenes in Maxim's solo music). Together, they break the boundaries of popular music and artistic vision.


The first track, "Just Want," featuring CiCi and Lita starts with gloomy piano chords and snaps. After the snaps commence, the rhythm picks up, signifying itself as a House beat. Then, CiCi and Lita deliver their lines in silhouette-like ranges.


 As they're singing, they speak about loving someone who is one-in-a-million. These ladies simply refuse to show affection towards another because this special someone feels like home. They can care less about this person's assets. Instead, they are invested in their beau's whole being. 


Towards the end, a guitar takes the lead. Overall, this is reminiscent of a love song. One notable line goes, "I just want your time/I don't want your money/I just want your feelings/Give me all your honey."


Coming right after is "Momentum." Just like the previous tune, "Momentum" identifies as a cheerful House beat. The difference, however, is the booming drum chord and in-and-out pattern made by the synths. The arrangements are also backed by hi-hats. Once the song hits fifty seconds, piano chords intervene. By then, it gives off an adventurous tone. After, an electric guitar pops in with other bell elements. 



"Wishing More for You" is the final record and features Lita. Lita provides the hypnotic vocals as the beat gives off an intergalactic tone. Aside from this, "Wishing More for You" carries velvety synths and enticing bells. As the song continues, deep piano chords slide in. However, the most distinctive component of this song is its smooth transitions. As a whole, it makes one feel as if time is warped. Like the previous jams, this one classifies as a House-centered instrumental. 



Given these points, Amora is the perfect album to listen to when contemplating or winding down. Because of its calming aesthetic, others can feel in a safer space where vulnerability isn't frowned upon. Within the three tracks, expect one to connect with you. Amora is definitely the project that's giving other producers a run for their money. 


Listen to Amora below: