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Erik Walters has something to say. The musician, who records under the name Silver Torches, has been sowing the long, hard road into adulthood, and his new album, Let It Be A Dream, As he offers glimpses of what he’s seen along the path. The answer is ? A lot of ambiguity and fitful progress, which will surprise approximately nobody who’s ever tried to change or loved someone who has. In “If I Reach,” Walters wanders through a lush soundscape, his voice pillowing over a steady acoustic strum until it blossoms into a bright chorus. “If I reach out my hand to you,” he sings, not finishing the thought.

In addition to playing with David Bazan, Walters tours with Perfume Genius, and while it may be a bit too tidy to say that his own music splits the difference between Bazan’s angular folk and Mike Hadreas’s defiant grandiosity, there is a crack to “If I Reach” that summons that chorus to attention and causes it to fall in line before it drifts into a dream in a way that recalls the best of both of those musicians’ work.

The clip was directed by Ben Park, who picked up on Erik Walters’s questing and sent him out on a path of his own. “The song immediately conjured the heat of the dusty road,” Park says, “and that’s where we began. From there we followed, to see where the road would lead us. The resulting experience was an adventure in searching for what lies beyond the bend.”

If I Reach (Official Video) From the album “Let It Be A Dream” out 10/6/17

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“Keep The Car Running” is the second track to be shared from Silver Torches’ upcoming record Let It Be A Dream. Silver Torches is the project of Seattle songwriter, Erik Walters. His debut record, “Heatherfield” received critical acclaim from numerous regional and national tastemakers, including features on NPR’s “Songs We Love,” KEXP’s “Song of the Day” and “Music that Matters” podcasts. In addition to Silver Torches, Erik fronted NW post rock outfit, The Globes (Barsuk) and has toured as a member of Telekinesis! (Merge) and Perfume Genius (Matador).

With echoes of Ryan Adams or the pin-sharp observations of Paul Westerberg, it also shares some of the same expansive melancholia of the new War On Drugs record, but without sacrificing anything of the robustness of songwriting that marked out their excellent debut Heatherfield.

Keep The Car Running freewheels along on the back of an almost jaunty guitar riff and catchy percussion and is well worth three minutes of your time.


From the album, ‘Let It Be A Dream’ available October 6th, 2017.