We’ve been following Dan Knishkowy’s Adeline Hotel project ever since 2014’s Leave The Lights, appreciating his blend of folk and indie rock which comes across somewhere between Dylan and Molina. Last year, we were lucky enough to stream the single ‘Red Coat’ from his latest release, How Strange It Is to See, a song which captured the spirit of the EP perfectly. As we described, “The track exists within that small and fleeting pocket in time and space that opens just before you take off from a familiar location”.

Well the good news is that It’s Alright, Just the Same, a new Adeline Hotel record, is set to be released this coming May via Wild Kindness. Knishkowy says that the album is about “the balance between people and place; the desire for change and the need for stability”, promising the same curious blend of adventure and nostalgia present on his previous releases. In preparation for the full album, we’re delighted to share the first single, ‘Near You’.12832526_789859117787486_5380816926621115449_n

Produced by the ever-excellent Will Stratton, the song possesses the same warm intimacy as those on How Strange It Is To See, managing to capture the strange beauty unique to new sights and sounds. The song is upbeat, the perfect soundtrack for an early-evening drive where the shadows are stretched and the sun is setting with a golden hue. A faint sadness lingers between the chords, though it is the comfortable kind, a gentle melancholia which makes you thankful for what you have and have had, a poignancy which serves to remind you of the glorious fact that you are alive.

“Ride, weathered and worn
All night through an Asheville storm
‘Someone Else’s Song’ on the radio
Now I know I was wrong to let you go

But I don’t want to be my home

Sleep better tonight
In the heat of red moon light
Whatever we are, whatever we’ll be
I used to live near you, you used to love near me

Another war, another sea”

It’s Alright, Just the Same is set for release on the 13th May on Wild Kindness.

Photo by Chris Bernabeo, album art by Michael Steiner