Quicksilver Daydream Record Release  / Nathan Xander / Dead Painters

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Quicksilver Daydream Record Release / Nathan Xander / Dead Painters

Wed, June 14, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Quicksilver Daydream - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Quicksilver Daydream
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.
Nathan Xander - (Set time: 9:40 PM)
Nathan Xander
Nathan Xander is a troubadour in the Texas sense, when he’s in Texas. Or in the California sense when he’s there. Or the Chicago sense, oh, OK. You get it. The man writes like he travels: well and often. He’s as familiar with Brooklyn as his hometown of Union City, PA, Gillian Welch as with X. Nathan’s new collection of songs, recorded in a big blue barn in Upstate New York, is his best work to date, and we at Trailer Fire Records are thrilled to share it with you.

Blue House (07/17 Trailer Fire Records) represents the work of a writer in the prime of his craft. Nathan’s years of touring, with their joyful wildness and melancholy, come through in these songs. “Over You, Over Me” evokes that duality, while songs like “Shadows” growl and pulse with the frivolous energy of an artist who likes to break things. “Pennsylvania” is as anthemic a song as ought to be written, a wholehearted Mellencamp-esque thumper about home, while “I Remember You Now” is a psychedelic memory in homage to friends Xander has met along his traveler’s way. Each of the songs here are evidence of experience, which Nathan has in spades.

The Deli says Nathan “conjure[s] memories of smoke and sawdust.” Reglar Wiglar claims his writing “definitely gets to the heart of matters of the heart.”These recordings, as much as the band Nathan assembled, serve to underscore what his work represents: a life in pursuit of a good damn song. Blue House will not disappoint.
Dead Painters - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dead Painters
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002