Combine the talents of Alex Dupree of Trapdoor Band, Sean Padilla of The Cocker Spaniels and Aisha Burns of Balmorhea, and you have the Austin-based, indie folk band Idyl. On the cusp of pressing their debut album Elements of the Field to vinyl, they shot video of a stripped-back version of “Silent Prophet in the Hall of the King” for us to share.
“Elements of the Field has a pretty consistent thematic thread,” Alex told us. “Most of the songs make specific reference to figures like Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell and Teddy Roosevelt. I was sort of obsessed with these explorers at the time, and I wanted to write about the pliability of the American idea; how things here have always been pretty radically up-for-grabs.”
The Kickstarter project for pressing the LP launched this week. At the end of the project, with funding, the album will be produced to ship in December.
Watch Idyl perform “Silent Prophet in the Hall of the King” at Baby Blue in Austin.
Video by Russell Shaw