Like a Steinbeck epic, Adam and Darcie have mastered the craft of storytelling. California Trail talks of life in a way familiar to all who listen to it, evoking a comfortable sense of nostalgia and daydream, as one journeys down the track list.
A worthy and triumphant follow-up to their debut record, The Valley Where I'm From, the new addition features a range and depth of instrumentation and vocals that honestly paints a landscape of the couples' sense of community, and the love for one another that carries the music.
The group on any given day is a tight-knit assemblage of friends, augmenting a chemistry between Adam and Darcie that is truly unique, but could be likened to a project of Brian Wilson on a good day. Friends from multiple other musical projects in the Utah Valley area, as well as Portland, OR join the two adding a capacity that fleshes out the vision that Adam, and wife Darcie, have so masterfully articulated. California Trail brings a personal and sincere commitment to contemplative resolution, and musical sincerity, that most have written off as cliche-that is, until they listen to Adam and Darcie.
Adam and Darcie have a distinct musical chemistry that involves the use of layered harmonies to produce warm, gentle pop. With lush vocal arrangements... the songwriting is mature unlike most sappy love songs that contain tired, cheesy lines.” -NPR
“Adam and Darcie’s totally wonderful California Trail is a gem of a record.” -Rawkblog
“Full of intelligent lo-fi folky tunes, controlled production, clever lyrics and charming harmonies." -SLUG Magazine
"...sweetness personified- delectable harmonies that are perfect for any sugar-eared person." -Tenacious T
"...lovely, orchestral pop by a husband/wife duo." -Glorious Noise