Adam Torres is a folk singer-songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. In 2006, 20-year-old Torres released his debut album, Nostra Nova. The album’s 11 songs are idiosyncratic and varied. With many breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise and is simultaneously weathered and young. A DIY self-release, Nostra Nova found deep, long-lasting roots within the small Athens, Ohio community at the time, but didn’t resonate further until much later.
Following its release, Torres went back to college and turned his focus to other interests. All the while, he never stopped playing music, writing songs, or performing. Having written more than 100 songs since 2006, he quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova in 2012 through DC-based cassette label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made inside the apartments he lived in during his time in Ecuador.
In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue and the album finally achieved its due. Torres's forthcoming new LP, Pearls to Swine, maps his complicated history as a songwriter and musician. He embeds his own folklore within his lonesome-sounding, deeply felt, and moving brand of folk music.
Aura Pineda is a singer-songwriter with Finnish, Filipino, and American roots. Having studied both classical guitar and vocal jazz in Finland prior to her studies at Berklee, her music echoes multiple genres, including inspiration from her Nordic roots as well as American folk. A dreamer and soul searcher, Pineda strives toward truthful expression through this melange and presents a collage of heartfelt stories, which she’s in the process of recording as her debut EP.