Adam Lytle, the creative spark behind Quicksilver Daydream, is a quiet individual who spends a lot of time alone with his thoughts in books and journals. He moved to Brooklyn from the farm where he grew up in a house nestled in the woods of Ohio, to a 1.5 bedroom apartment in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Quicksilver Daydream is the gothic folk alias of singer-songwriter Adam Lytle. Already known for his work with Wild Leaves, a renowned live outfit with whom he has released two EPs, his new project presents a pure distillation of his DIY ethic and the ideal vessel for his message of standing up for who you are and what you believe in. The result is Echoing Halls, ten songs of longing draped in the murky arrangements of Mellotron strings, fuzz guitars and layered vocals. At its core is a singer/songwriter exploring the depths of his psyche and embracing the beauty found within.
Born on a farm in Maineville, Ohio but a Brooklyn resident for 8 years, Lytle began work on Echoing Halls at a time when his future in New York seemed more than a little uncertain. With Wild Leaves on hiatus he decided to trust in his artistic vision and meet his limitations head on by recording an album in his home, relying solely on his unproven production skills. Having grown up in an area where his closest friends lived miles away, yet now residing in a tiny apartment in which the hustle of NYC is inescapable, it’s no wonder that his sonic compositions marry a love of space with a need to stretch boundaries.
Adding to the distinctive Quicksilver Daydream sound is the analog magic of the Tascam 388 ¼ tape machine that Lytle purchased from a dead man’s estate. Working from a basic structure of words and chords, alongside the drums of Cole Emoff, he would slowly layer the sounds as inspiration struck. This spontaneous and experimental approach never obscures the classic songwriting at the heart of the music nor the strength of his lyrics. The outcome will delight fans of Scott Walker, Will Oldham and anyone who can empathize with the album’s tale of self-reliance and overcoming your own limitations.
By doing it all himself, this music is an extension of Lytle that has pulled him in every direction and allowed his honesty to shine through. On the track Harvest he sings “I spent half my life planting dreams in the ground/waiting for the rain to come.” Echoing Halls is the sound of him watering that plant, embracing both where he’s come from and where he now belongs. It’s a path we can all relate to.
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"It definitely harkens back to the tradition of psychedelia, back when it was just moving into the mainstream." [4/11/2017]
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