ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Adam Marsland got an opportunity to do it all again.
The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist released his album, “Go West,” five years ago. It was the best music he had put out in all of his career. But the album didn’t get the love it needed.
So Marsland got a second chance and reissued the album and is on tour in support of it.
“It’s great to have this opportunity,” he says during an interview from New Jersey. “I always felt like this was my best album. It just didn’t have the right place. Now I have a chance to bring this to my fans.”
Marsland says part of the problem that made “Go West” fail was that the album was a thematically linked coming-of-age song cycle spread across 23 tracks and two discs, replete with a 16-page illustrated lyric booklet.
He says the album took cues from ’70s epics like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and touched on a wildly diverse soundscape of power pop, jazz rock, Americana, funk and even disco.
“It’s an epic recording,” he says. “I think two discs was too much for audiences. They needed time to listen to the entire album and see some of the changes.”
But now five years later, Marsland says “Go West” continues to sell and the fans really wanted to see a tour. He’s been on tour for the majority of the summer and crowds have turned out.
“It’s refreshing to see that the music is getting a second chance,” he says. “It was such a long time to write and record it all. I always felt there was a place for this album and it’s having it’s time right now.”
Marsland says putting out the album again was the option he took instead of creating an entirely new album. He says there is new material done, but it’ll wait for the next album.
“I’m always working and writing,” he says. “After 20 years of writing, I think back on how many songs I’ve written.”