"Let It Be A Dream" is the entrancing new album from Silver Torches, the musical project of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Erik Walters. Clocking in at just under 35 minutes, "Let It Be A Dream" presents nine stunning tracks that hover somewhere between the musical genres of Americana and indie pop, with subtle hints of country. I first learned about this album (and the band, for that matter) on the "Discover" section of Bandcamp. After just one listen to the featured album track, "If I Reach," I was hooked. Every song on this album beams with top-notch songwriting, killer vocal delivery, and incredibly solid, smooth production (Andy Park).
The gentle, country-sounding "Let It Be A Dream" opens the album, with its simple, unpretentious guitar (acoustic, steel) and piano accompaniments. The ultra-catchy "If I Reach" (the album's first single) launches the first burst of warm energy, augmented by steady pulsing bass, smooth melodic vocals, and perfect indie pop production. This is a definite highlight of the album. If this post encourages you to listen to only this track, then this was a worthwhile read. But, seriously, you should listen on. The contemplative "Like a Child" gradually evolves into a shining star with its soaring, anthemic chorus ("Calling her name"). Other indie-influenced tracks, such as the rolling, upbeat "Keep the Car Running," follow in a musical vein similar to "If I Reach." "At the Lantern" searches for meaning and signs of worth in life, in a musical style reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens or Nathan Reich. "Nothing to Show" is another obvious standout track with its harmony, and desperate yet beautifully melodic chorus ("I’m not living | I am just treading water to stay afloat | And I’m watching myself grow old in the mirror | To vanish with nothing to show"). With "Bartender," the album ends on the same gentle, country-like atmosphere with which it began.
We leave you with the official music video for the single "If I Reach." Directed by Ben Park, the video provides a stunning visual accompaniment to the song as Erik journeys on foot through scenic landscapes under big skies.
SILVER TORCHES "IF I REACH" (Official Video)
For more information about Silver Torches, visit the band's official website, follow them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and find their music on Bandcamp and Spotify.