Quicksilver Daydream is an experimental psychedelic-folk band led by Adam Lytle. Their recordings combine brooding surrealistic lyrics with a nebulous mix of mellotron strings, woozy synthesizers, soaring guitars, and reverberating vocals. The band draws from a deep pool of influences, owing as much to early psychedelic pioneers Pearls Before Swine and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, as they do to the compositions of Ennio Morricone and Baudelaire. Coyote Spirit Child is their latest single from their forthcoming EP A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame (Out February 9).
Adam shared the following on the song:
“Coyote Spirit Child extols the spiritual benefits of living in tune with the natural world – traveling beneath open skies, listening to the rivers song, and being conscious of our place in the cosmos.
“The music was written over the course of several months, evolving out of extended motif-based jams. Letting instincts be our guide, the collective approach to development and exploration evoked a kinetic energy that echoed the lyrical subject matter.
“The song serves as a thematic companion to our previous single Ferryman, in which the subject leaves his or her belongings behind and learns “to read the patterns of the tide” on the journey towards spiritual awakening. In Coyote Spirit Child, the character has achieved awakening. She has opened her eyes and ears to the universe, gaining wisdom, and thus freedom, in return.”
Formed in 2016 as a DIY recording project, the Brooklyn-based band released their debut LP Echoing Halls in June 2017.
A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame (Out February 9), features five songs recorded live to tape using Lytle’s Tascam 388. Joining them along the way was synth wizard, Glenn Forsythe (Dark North). The record was mixed by Lytle and Mastered by TW Walsh (Foxygen, Damien Jurado).
Where their debut examined the inner workings of the psyche, A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame is consumed with what lies beyond. From the expanded sonic palette, incorporating drum machines and analog synthesizers, to the energy conveyed via musicians performing live, it’s clear the band has directed its magnetic gaze outward, exploding the concept of their previous recordings on their journey towards a new horizon. It’s a step through the looking glass, a transcendental experience of the world viewed not as it is, but as it feels to be.
Pre-Order A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame via Bandcamp https://quicksilverdaydream.bandcamp.com/