Adler Hall is a Brooklyn-based, bedroom orchestra led by composer/songwriter John Henry Hoagland. After completing a BA in Music Theory & Composition, Hoagland spent a few years writing and performing in Maine, Boston, and the Hudson Valley before he settled in Brooklyn. Soon after, Henry became a member of the Boston/Brooklyn music collective, Odd Gift Records. Earlier this year, Hoagland formed the bedroom orchestra Adler Hall in anticipation of a fall release through Odd Gift Records. Adler Hall’s debut full-length (Tourist) – produced by friend and fellow Odd Gifter Kyle Joseph – was released September 8th.
Using field recordings from Japan and Brooklyn as a backdrop for its storytelling, (Tourist) explores the places – both near and far – where we struggle to reconcile what we look for with what we find. At the center of the record is its narrator – a character obliquely referred to in the album’s opening song as the ‘portrait photographer’ – who appears equally out of sorts in Tokyo’s gardens and London’s cathedrals as he is camped in front HBO or struggling to mute the news in the back of a New York taxi. (Tourist) takes shape as a camera, as a voice, as a bedroom orchestra in the rift between what is seen and what is touched.
Growing Stone is the recording project of Rochester, NY native Skylar Sarkis (lead singer/guitarist of Taking Meds). After moving to New York City in 2013, Sarkis began developing his recordings with engineer/producer and longtime friend, Jon Markson. The two worked together on a self-titled EP that was released in the spring of 2016 via Odd Gift Records.
While sometimes playing live with a band, Sarkis most often performs Growing Stone songs as a solo act, and has toured extensively up and down the East Coast since the release of the EP. His style is marked by a raw honesty that, while approaching caustic, always retains an inherent humanism. The resulting songs that are as comical as they are mournful.