Adam Torres is a folk singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. In 2006 at age 20, Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova, featuring 11 idiosyncratic and varied songs. With breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise and simultaneously weathered and young. A self-release, Nostra Nova established long-lasting roots in the small Athens, Ohio, community where he lived at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later.
After releasing the album, Torres returned to college to focus on other interests—but he never stopped playing music, writing songs, and performing. Having written more than 100 songs since 2006, in 2012, he quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova through DZ Tapes, a Washington, D.C., cassette-centric label, putting out tape-recorded demos he made inside various apartments while living in Ecuador.
In 2015, Nostra Nova was reissued and the album finally received its due. Torres’s forthcoming LP Pearls to Swine maps his complicated history as a songwriter and musician. He embeds his folklore within a lonesome, deeply felt, and moving brand of folk music.
Hailing from central Texas and currently residing in Beverly, Massachusetts, Aisha Burns is a violinist, vocalist, and songwriter who has been touring and recording since 2006. Gaining her start with folk-rock outfit Alex Dupree (now known as Idyl) and the Trapdoor Band, Burns joined Balmorhea on violin in 2007. After years of in-secret singing, she began tracking a project of her own. In 2013, her debut record, inspired by artists such as Gillian Welch and Nina Simone, was born. Called “one of the most arresting recent releases” by Dazed magazine and praised for its “delicate intimacy” by NPR, Life in the Midwater explores mortality and relationships with candor and wisdom. Oscillating between tense and soothing sentiment, it moves from minimal to sweeping arrangements as remarkable for their diversity as their cohesion.
Aura Pineda is a singer-songwriter with Finnish, Filipino, and American roots. Having studied classical guitar and vocal jazz in Finland before enrolling at Berklee, her music echoes multiple genres, deriving inspiration from her Nordic roots as well as from American folk. A dreamer and soul searcher, Pineda strives toward truthful expression, presenting a collage of heartfelt stories that she is in the process of recording for her debut EP.