It’s easy to become jaded in New York City. You are barely a blemish amongst 8 million people crawling in and out of a behemoth subway system lined with asbestos and rat nests. People – myself included – tend to keep to themselves and “stay out of trouble.” Ear buds in, eyes averted carefully beyond the right shoulder of the person sitting in front of you. God forbid we make eye contact with someone and they want to have a chat…
Enter: the busker. The brave individual who offers his or her talents to the public to penetrate the veil of apathy and convention. Thankfully, New York City is brimming with unbelievably talented buskers who draw people like me out of my lonely headspace. Lucy Adamas is one of them. I encountered Eli and Ryan several weeks back playing on the Union Square L-stop subway platform and fell in love with their sound immediately. They are a psychedelic fusion keyboard-and-percussion duo (yep, you read that right – no guitar!) with heavy downbeats and beautifully saturated melodies. They attract hoards of people regularly; often times the entire platform succumbs to their inimitable wavelength. Needless to say, I was beyond stoked when they kindly agreed to let me shoot them in Bushwick one Saturday afternoon.
The name Lucy Adamas is a Latin-derived word and roughly translates to “adamant light.” Through steady sound and radiance, they seek to gently uplift and expand the minds of those around them. The musical chemistry between Eli and Ryan is something to behold – amidst the scattered chaos of the subway platform they are able to improvise and harmonize with acute precision. Passing listeners have commented that their sound is a “little peek into what felt like a deep journey.”
Adamant light, indeed.