LOS ANGELES, CA- We love us a great singer-songwriter, and one that we’ve had our eye on for a couple of years now has just released a new EP.

Adam Melchor is one of our current favorites. It’s his earnestly clever lyrics, relatively lo-fi unassuming aesthetic and his humble demeanor which makes him and his music such a great listen.  His new EP SUMMER CAMP is another fantastic collection of songs that gives us yet another facet of Adam’s creative mind. Written and recorded in three days, the 6-track collection is a collaboration with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver), Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple), and GRAMMY-nominated engineer John DeBold (Vampire Weekend, HAIM), all brought together by Adam.

Let me just restate how much of a fan I am of Adam Melchor’s songwriting. I love his lyrics so much that I’ve googled his them to read as I listen to his music in my headphones. On the lyric site Genius, Adam goes into some of the backgrounds of the songs he’s written. On the first track of this EP, “Jewel”, Adam remembers:

“i originally came up with the idea of JEWEL after talking to my sister julie. my nickname for her has always been jul. i was living in pasadena and missing my family back in NJ. i talked to julie the day before a session. she was cheering me up by telling me everything would work out. she sounded so happy on the phone and when i asked she was telling me about how happy her boyfriend (now fiancé!) makes her. their love for each other has always been so true from the start, and i decided to write about it.” [STET]

We don’t normally type in all of the lyrics to a song on our site, but just for illustrative purposes (to give you some inkling of why we love his songwriting so much), the lyrics for “Jewel” are below:

I’m no good at swimming
Got no use of diving
Even in a scuba suit, I’d still feel like I’m dying
I don’t need to look for buried treasure on an island, I have you
Cause you’re my jewel

So call the search off
Didn’t think I’d find ya
Look for every message in a bottle in caught lightning
I never have to go too far without feeling the light that comes from you
Cause you’re my jewel

Diamonds are forever
I’ve got something better
Yes I do….

All of the precious metals
Are just roses without petals
Next to you…

Cause you’re my jewel
You’re my jewel

There’s a rooster
In the yard behind us
Crowing at all hours of the day
He must be blind but
He only has to get it right just
Once like I got it right with you
Cause you’re my jewel


Emeralds and rubies
They all mean nothing to me
The only pearls that drew me were your eyes

And when they looked right through me
It shook me and it moved me
Something in my heart then crystallized…


Adam is scheduled to be at SXSW and will head out on a 13-date North American tour with R&B singer-songwriter Bruno Major.

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Tour Dates:
* = with Bruno Major
March 12-18: Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 19: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall*
March 20: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall*
March 21: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall*
March 24: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club*
March 26: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel*
March 28: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
March 30: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
April 1: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall*
April 3: Austin, TX @ The Parish*
April 4: Dallas, TX @ Trees*
April 6: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
April 7: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre*
April 8: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Adam Melchor. Press photos. Photo by Ross Nicol. Courtesy of the artist. Used with permission.
Adam Melchor. Press photos. Photo by Ross Nicol. Courtesy of the artist. Used with permission.