For years, New York musician Dan Knishkowy has been creating songs filled with rolling country-rock rhythms and gorgeous folk melodies under the moniker of Adeline Hotel. His work is breezy and casual but not without a sense of its own gravity, of the innate emotions that lay behind each experience and reflection explored within the songs. Ache and joy have co-existed comfortably for some time here and play off one another in ways that are quite unexpected and often spiked with a subdued euphoria.
Knishkowy is getting ready to release his latest record, "Away Together," on Oct. 28 via Rumination Record Co., and it promises to be one of his most collaborative albums to date, featuring production from Will Stratton and comprising a group of musicians including Ben Seretan, Cassandra Jenkins, Sean Mullins, Andrew Stocker, Johanna Samuels and Mike Slo-Mo Brenner.
On his new single, "Habits," he conjures long road trips down the coast and wind rushing through open windows. Subtle but evocative arrangements frame his voice and provide gently rolling landscapes in which his words are allowed to unfurl and and express themselves. There's an inner warmth to the track, as it seems to be illuminated by external sunshine and Knishkowy's own sense of affection for moments where you can just be yourself without fear of outside influence. The guitars shake and shimmer in that circulating atmosphere, while drums march closely behind. It brings to mind pastoral countrysides where carefree adventures are just waiting to be discovered.