Take Me Back to that Daydream
>>Growing up in a small town outside Cincinnati, Adam Lytle began his musical career as many people do. Forced Piano lessons. “ I think I took it for like five years but I never really connected the fact that… Nobody told me about like Elton John or Rock and Roll players, so I wasn’t really interested,” He mused, “I started to play guitar from there.” Playing the guitar was far more fruitful for him, and he began to explore the possibilities that playing an instrument brings. He began playing with friends around his hometown in his younger days.
However, these groups never really took root. Leaving Ohio helped him to solidify his style, and build some of that much sought after Indie Artistic Cred. “I played in a couple like half-ass bands in high school and college, but they were more party bands’, said Lytle,“Then [in New York] there’s more of a scene, and, I guess, personally, I moved away from home.” The scene in New York City had a profound effect on Lythle’s style, but it also came as a totally different artistic culture. New York City is a city of millions, and it becomes easy to get wrapped up in it, especially coming from Ohio. It drove home the need for a community in the scene, with Lythle remarking “Community here is important because it’s easy to get lost here”.
Moving from Ohio to New York City was not without its challenges. While music is a big part of his life, it doesn’t pay to bills. “It’s easy enough to just worry about bills, and not play music”, Lytle said, “You’re like ‘Oh, I have to pick up some work today, or do these chores’, and all of a sudden you’re not writing regularly or playing regularly.” With rents in New York many times what they were back in Ohio, it’s easy to see how what makes money could override what brings joy. However, balancing the two has become a major part of Lytle’s life, especially considering how much he does.
Currently, Lytle is involved with two musical projects. His main project is the psych-folk outfit Wild Leaves. This group which takes influences from the likes of CSNY, grew from a small group of friends that had come from Ohio. “I ended up moving out here with some friends who played music, and some of them had been in bands,” said Lytle, “and that’s how it kind of evolved into Wild Leaves.” Lytle’s other project is Quicksilver Daydream, which consists of solo material. He released an album under this moniker in June, which draws on a darker, moodier tone than Wild Leaves. Lytle compares the tone to Leonard Cohen in sound and intensity, which is evident once you take a listen.
These projects keep him plenty busy, with releases in the works for both. Wild Leaves has kept him especially busy, with the first full length album coming up later in 2017. The album will be 10 songs, which have been played live rather extensively but never recorded. The album marks a bit of a change as for the band as well, as the record marks a bit of a change in the group’s sound. “Our online footprint is kind of rootsy americana, whereas this is derived from touring and playing”, remarked Lytle, “and we want to put on a rock so it’s definitely louder and more searing.” The growth of Wild Leaves has helped with the recording of Lytle’s solo work as well. “When I was recording I felt like I was using some of the things we had learned as a band”, he said, ”Like styles that I liked, and the way my other band mates had done things”
So this trend of experimentation and development will continue, as it must with any musician. Lytle has been able to take what began in Ohio and move it to New York, and has been able to adapt as time has gone on. It hasn’t been the easiest thing to do, and by his own admission it would be easier to focus on what pays the bills rather than music. But, really…..What fun would that be? <<