THE WAY THINGS FALL
Labelname: GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL
"A good friend of ours said after hearing an advance copy of this record that ADULT. used to sit on the sidelines and critique the idiosyncrasies of culture, but now we are on the inside, sending our message out." So says Adam Lee Miller of The Way Things Fall, ADULT.'s fifth album and a record that genuinely deserves the oft-abused music industry epithet "long-awaited." Miller pauses before adding wryly, "We agree."The Way Things Fall is an album that looked like it might never happen, because since the release of Miller and his partner Nicola Kuperus' last record - 2007's Why Bother? - the duo have been largely absent from the world of music. "After a long world tour, we totally burnt out," Miller relates. "We decided we wanted to do something completely different." That something was a trilogy of films entitled the Three Grace(s) triptych, completed in 2010, along with a variety of other pursuits, including managing a major commercial building renovation and working on their visual art projects.When Miller and Kuperus re-entered the studio in 2012, there was no intention of making another album - they planned to record a 12" containing two new songs they'd written in 2012 for their return to live performance at the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. But it turned out that the time away from music had recharged ADULT.'s batteries, and then some. "We were apparently a dam that was ready to break," says Kuperus. "We were writing frantically, as if in a frenzy."The result is a record that sounds both focused and coherent, flowing with a conceptual ease. "