Adeline Hotel – Habits


One of Half-Life Music’s favourites, Adeline Hotel, have released a new single and teased a forthcoming album. Regular visitors will remember that Adeline Hotel is the nom de musique of Dan Knishkowy. One of the signature features of the band is Dan’s voice. Fragile but not weak. Emotional but not emoting. The new single, ‘Habits’, features the best of Dan’s vocals swathed in a looping melody as well as a wonderfully swirly mix of guitars that sees out the end of the song. It’s a slight departure from some of the very introspective tunes on previous EPs and marks a real turning point in the development of the sound. If this is the refurbished Adeline Hotel, then it’s a place I want to stay. But ‘Habits’ is just one of the tracks on the new album. Away Together will be released on October 26. Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, it’s well worth wishing the time away for. To tide us over, though, there’s ‘Habits’. “You drew pictures on your breath”, Dan sings. A beautiful image for a lovely song. And it’s by Adeline Hotel, one of Half-Life Music’s favourites. Find it over at Bandcamp.

Adeline Hotel – It’s Alright, Just The Same


There’s a wonderfully raggedy quality to the new release by Adeline Hotel. At times it’s like listening to a Nick Drake album. All quiet and perfect. But then things take off, morphing into lovely loose guitar jams that transcend what went before. ‘Oh Well’ and particularly ‘Wonder Why’ being great examples. It’s all a little reminiscent of early Matthew Houck. And that’s high praise indeed. Adeline Hotel are the brainchild of Dan Knishkowy and this is their sophomore release. It marks a big step forwards. There’s a fuller sound and a sense of an ambition realised. With some lovely pedal and lap steel, piano, delicate backing vocals, and even a touch of mellotron, the palette seems to have gotten bigger and better. There’s no fear of slowing things down, and the album ends in a reflective mood with ‘Reciprocal Ages’. But it’s perhaps ‘Near You’ with its Harvest-era country rock sound that grabs most of the attention. It’s Alright, Just The Same is a fine record. It’s only the title that misleads. This is an album that’s much more than alright, and things are not just the same for Adeline Hotel.


Adeline Hotel – How Strange It Is To See


“Why wait?”, we’re asked on the opening track of the new Adeline Hotel EP. But “Why go?” would seem be an equally appropriate question to ask across the set of songs as a whole. Throughout, there’s a sense of making difficult decisions and living with their consequences. “These months alone are better spent, In the present, not on your mind”, we’re told on the excellent ‘Red Coat‘, which was dropped earlier in the year. Well, maybe, but it certainly isn’t easy. “Do you still wear the coat that I left for you, When I was in a hurry to catch that plane on time?”. Quiet, sad, expressive. Adeline Hotel are worth following. Who knows what further questions will be asked and what new decisions will be made?

The new EP is available over at Bandcamp. In the meantime, here are two other Adeline Hotel favourites. The first is a Yellow Couch session. Hats off to the sound engineer on that one. It sounds great. The second is from a recent session over at the incomparable Daytrotter. The full version includes a take on ‘Farewell Transmission’, no less.

Plenty of exciting new music at the moment. First up is Adeline Hotel, whose album, Leave The Lights, was featured on this blog earlier in the year. It seems like they’ve an EP coming out in August. In the meantime, they’ve dropped one of the tracks, Red Coat. It features some lovely lap steel playing by Mike Slo-Mo Brenner. It’s a sad, sad, sound. And, therefore, good, good, good. This is definitely my favourite side of Adeline Hotel. It’s available over at Bandcamp with a name-your-own-price offer currently running.


Adeline Hotel – Leave The Lights


The year is still young, but it has already generated one great new sound. Check out Adeline Hotel and their Leave The Lights album. Adeline Hotel is the brainchild of Dan Knishkowy from Brooklyn. Released towards the end of last year on the Future Oak Record Co. label, the album features Mike Brenner of Magnolia Electic Co. on steel guitar. ‘Another Way To Go’ is the stand-out track, and ‘Anna’ is well worth its 7-minute listen. And both more than once.

More info on Adeline Hotel at their Bandcamp page.