Oxford-based singer songwriter Adam Barnes has one of those voices that just demands your attention. Indeed, the opening 20 seconds of his song ‘Lighthouse’ showcase this with not an instrument in sight, before a full band add another level to a song that has already grabbed you. All his songs have a bigger sound then you’d imagine, especially with the piano often taking centre stage. Adam says he is influenced by both Americana and folk artists, although more contemporary acts like Bon Iver and The Tallest Man On Earth also shine through. Reminiscent of Liam Frost or a slightly louder Adem, last year’s EP Blisters offered soft folky songs that gently addled themselves into your sub-conscious. After playing in New York late last year, Adam will be hoping for more of the same in 2011. With a small February tour lined up with fellow Oxfordians Spring Offensive, the year is already off to a good start. To find out more, visit him online at www.myspace.com/adambarnes