15 songs that define me: Adam French’s playlist
Adam French

Armed with a whole host of influences, singer-songwriter Adam French is hitting the road with the latest instalment of the New Faces tour, which features up-and-coming acts on a run of shows together around the UK.

Following our recent interview with the rising star, Adam has compiled a very special guest playlist of fifteen songs by other artists which mean the world to him.

Here he explains why he chose each of the tracks (you can listen to the full Spotify playlist at the bottom).

1. Tallest Man on Earth – King of Spain

I first heard this track as part of a performance on Later with Jools Holland, and immediately fell in love with it. His live sessions are brilliant; scroll through YouTube and I’m sure you’ll find some gold.

2. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

What’s not to like about fleet foxes? The most beautiful vocal harmonies accompanied by blissful instrumental arrangement. Love love love.

3. Sufjan Stevens – Blue Bucket of Gold

I love the laid back feel to the vocal on the majority of this record. There’s just something special about the effortlessness of it all. The ambience takes me to great places too. It’s delicate and fragile, sometimes broken… but always honest.

4. Bon Iver – Re:Stacks

Justin Vernon is a bit of a hero to me. For Emma, Forever Ago has been a soundtrack to a lot of my life. I’d happily stick the whole album in this playlist.

5. Strange Bones – God Save the Teen

This is a track from a friend’s band. Rob fronts strange bones, and is a bit of a hero. If you like loud guitar music, check it out. They recorded this out in LA with Chris from Foo Fighters. All good.

6. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Soundcheck

I was invited to the album preview party for The Ride out in LA a couple of weeks ago, and it was epic. Van and Johnny played a very intimate acoustic set featuring tracks from the new album. It’s massive. As expected. Was great to meet Northern Brits out on the west coast, and The Ride won’t disappoint.

7. Jamie T – If You Got the Money

ANTHEM. Modern classic, mammoth record. I loved Panic Prevention when I first heard it, and it’s every bit as brilliant now listening back to it. If you’re yet to hear it in its entirety then now’s a good time to do so.

8. Babyshambles – French Dog Blues

I went to see Babyshambles in my teens, and I was always more into them than I was The Libertines to be honest. I ended up supporting Pete on a run of his solo tour dates a couple of years later. He’s a troubled soul but that in itself creates an interesting story, and one which I’m always happy to listen to. This is a great song.

9. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of The Understatement

The Last Shadow Puppets are one of my favourite side projects of all time, especially the first record. The strings are phenomenal and the songs just feel huge as a result. Kane and Turner are perfect together.

10. Ten Tonnes – Lucy

I met Ethan recently at a fashion show of all places. We grabbed a beer afterwards and chatted music for a couple of hours. He’s a talented lad and this is the lead track from his debut EP… enjoy!

11. Hidden Charms – Love You Cause You’re There

Again, friends I met through randomly stumbling into a bar near my flat and talking music for several hours. The fact they’re mates isn’t why they’re on this though, listen to it… F*CKING MASSIVE.

12. Billie Marten – Bird

I’ve featured this on a few guest playlists now, simply because of how beautiful it is. Great song, so well pieced together. I never get bored of listening to ‘Bird’.

13. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

I grew up while Bombay blew up. They were an iconic band for my generation and they continue to be just that. I’m looking forward to them returning, but who knows when that’ll be? In the meantime ‘Shuffle’ can sit just here.

14. Friendly Fires – Jump in The Pool

I adore this song. I went to see Friendly fires as part of an NME tour line up yearsago, just as they were breaking through, They’re a phenomenal live band, and this track is even bigger at their shows. Such a great feeling piece of music.

15. Queens of The Stone Age – No One Knows

I think I’m a little bit in love with Josh Homme. The guy’s a genius. That is all.

Listen to the full playlist now: 

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