Staff Pick: Adam Remnant looks back on forthcoming debut

Joel Oliphint

Southeast Engine was one of Athens, Ohio's greatest exports, releasing four albums of literate, heartfelt and critically lauded folk rock, plus a career-capping EP,Canaanville, in 2012. Though Southeast Engine ran its course, Adam Remnant has spent the last few years writing and recording songs that will finally see the light of day when he releases his debut EP,When I was a Boy, on Friday, July 29 via Trailer Fire Records.

Remnant played just about all the instruments on the EP and recorded the songs himself onto half-inch tape via an old Tascam eight-track reel-to-reel machine he restored in the basement of his southeast Ohio home. (He plans to release a full-length album from the same sessions sometime next year.)

A cellphone photo of Remnant's childhood home serves as the EP's cover, and the songs therein find him in a similarly reflective mood. "When I was a boy I would play night and day/ I could see the world of make-believe, heroes I wanted to be," Remnant sings on the shuffling, M. Ward-evoking title track before letting out a lyrical sigh: "Now those ways have come to an end." Remnant sees his childhood through older eyes that have experienced harsh realities. Heroes are not always heroes, and the world of make-believe is just that.

Still, while he longs for his boyhood days, there's light to be found in the land of grown-ups. "Now I find hope, faith and love abide," he sings toward the song's end.

For Friday's show at the Big Room Bar, Remnant assembled an all-Columbus band of familiar names: Remnant's brother and former Southeast Engine bandmate Jesse Remnant on bass and vocals, Ryan Stolte-Sawa on violin, keyboards and vocals and Jon Helm on drums.

Big Room Bar

8 p.m. Friday, July 8

1036 S. Front St.,

Brewery District

bigroombar.com

Also playing:

She Bears, Solitaires,

Total Foxx