Building from the tingling tones of the glockenspiel into a captivating track driven by guitarist and vocalist Adam Wallace’s sultry howl, “Missing,” the first single to be released ahead of Radiant Reveries’ eponymous sophomore LP, embodies everything we’ve been missing in regard to rock ‘n roll.
Vogue enough to turn heads and vague enough to remain suspiciously relevant to a range of circumstances, “Missing” is passionate but cool, distinctive but catchy, the kind of song that belongs as the focal point of a James Bond title sequence. The single’s surreal music video, directed by Alexander Evan Morales, renders the band’s members in a darkly intriguing, hallucinatory plane, poised in positions of attachment, separation, and searching: “How long must we seek / ‘til we finally see?”
Led by multi-talented partners in art and life Adam and Karolina Wallace, Radiant Reveries put out their first psychedelic folk-inspired album, Rise, in 2016 after the project formed initially in 2012 in New York City. Featuring Adam (guitar, vox), Karolina (glockenspiel, percussion, harmonies), Christopher Heinz (drums), and Graham Pence (bass, harmonies), “Missing” was recorded at Velvet Elk Studios, produced and mixed by Don DiLego, and mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sounds.
On the inspiration for the song, the band, now based in LA, says, “‘Missing’ is a longing, a search, a prayer, a chant, a scream into the abyss. A questioning and beckoning to the Great Mystery for answers. Tapping into the passing of time, the passing of loved ones, the passing of hopes and dreams and for what is to come.”