Ryan Adams has basically three distinct phases of his creative process, and he’s been bouncing back and forth between them for his entire solo career. When he’s not dropping entirely out of the public eye to the point where people start to wonder if he’s finally completely lost the thread, he’s releasing wacko projects that make people start to feel pretty confident about their suspicions. And when he’s not busy doing either of those he simply puts out music that reaffirms his position as one of the few truly great roots-rock troubadours left.
Judging by his latest single, “Gimme Something Good,” he’s currently in the latter mood. With its clipped blues guitar figure, haunting organ, and anxious vocal line, the song feels like his homage to Fleetwood Mac, and it’s one of the best things he’s released in recent memory.
For the video he teamed up with director Michael Reich and the eerily ageless Elvira for a moody clip apparently inspired by low-quality TV broadcasts of old black-and-white horror movies, which were a childhood staple for Adams’ generation.