Adler Hall started as Hoagland’s bedroom orchestra project when he teamed up with friend, producer, and occasional bandmate Kyle Joseph to create Adler Hall’s debut album (Tourist) in 2016. The album uses field recordings from Japan and Brooklyn as a backdrop for songs about the tensions between observation and participation, about trying to build and rebuild a sense of home. Sort of Bright Lights Big City with a lot less cocaine. Soon after the release of (Tourist), Adler Hall left the bedroom behind and grew to include Robin Buyer, Spencer Inch, and Ryan Kershaw as writing and performing members.
Adler Hall's second release Beware the Water (out October 5, 2018) is their first as a full band. It was written and recorded during early mornings and late nights—in every spare moment and around the edges of each of the five members' attempts at making a living. Rightfully, it takes place in liminal spaces: the past and present, dream and reality, alive and in the underworld. It's an amalgam of the members’ varied musical backgrounds, all of which bloom into something like ambitious folk songs played by a thoughtful rock band.