Adia Victoria: “And Then You Die” (Live in Studio 1A)

Photo by Gabriel Perez/KUTX

Want to know what it’s like to have your life flash before your eyes…in music form? Adia Victoria tolls for thee.

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has recently been attracting a bevy of fans with her eerie lyricism and bold arrangements that explore rock, afro punk, country and blues. And there’s no denying that Victoria covers a lot of sonic range through her dozen compositions on her debut full-length, Beyond the Bloodhounds, thanks in no small part to Tiffany Minton (drums), Alex Caress (keys), Mason Hickman (guitar), and Jason Harris (bass).

And Then You Die” fittingly serves as the halfway marker on Beyond the Bloodhounds, where Victoria’s gloomy lyrics reference the album title and themes of death against the backdrop of an otherworldly organ chord and ghostly guitars. The live version is even moodier. The instrumentation builds to a crescendo that could work as an alternate soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then…well…and then you die.

Beyond the Bloodhounds  is out now via Canvasback/Atlantic.

–Jack Anderson

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