Album Review: ‘How Strange It Is To See’ by Adeline Hotel

Adeline Hotel is the musical appellation of singer/songwriter, Daniel Knishkowy. Adeline Hotel introduced his sound to the world back in 2014 with the release of his first full length, Leave the Lights On which came out on Pittsburgh’s Future Oak Record Co. With musical influences and interests like The Field Report, The Weather Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger and Jason Molina, Knishkowy has blended together folk, low-fi, and country into a style all his own. In early August, Adeline Hotel released his newest EP titled, How Strange It Is To See which includes bonus covers of Magnolia Electric Co. and Field Report tracks.

Knishkowy’s gentle guitar plucking and peaceful vocals make the EP I truly soothing listen. Mellow rises and falls in volume give the EP just enough build and contrast in soundscape. The track that stole the show for me was the title track, “How Strange It Is To See” and in this one two and a half minute song, you experience all of my favorite aspects of Knishkowy’s style.

“Everything is Going to Be Fine” presents the sleepy, thoughtful nature of the EP. However, under the sleepy, thoughtful instrumentals lie gritty guitar lines that keep the listener alert and aware.

According to Knishkowy:

“The EP touches on the bittersweet feelings of moving on; the thrill of betting on yourself and nostalgia for what’s left behind.”

This beautifully reflective music, is sure to find a place in listeners’ hearts and minds. You can find How Strange It Is To See and Adeline Hotel’s other music on Bandcamp.

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