Nashville Ambient Ensemble: Live at Grimey’s

While the Nashville Ambient Ensemble may not have been able to host a public album release show to celebrate their debut record, Cerulean, they did record an unforgettable live set for the world to enjoy forever.

Captured at Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music in Nashville, TN, in late April, this sweeping performance transports listeners from western arid plains to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. With Sarah Saturday filling in on bass and additional vocals and Alicia Enstrom joining in on violin, the Ensemble broadens the scope of these already gorgeous arrangements and opens them up to elegantly cinematic horizons.

This live video, gracefully filmed and produced by James Pierce and Emily Buckner Pierce, is as interesting to watch as it is to hear. One might imagine an ambient group would be dull on stage, but it’s an utter delight getting to see the NAE passionately coax these magnificent soundscapes from their instruments. There’s a great warmth that simply glows from this performance, which is likely just the tip of the iceberg of how one might feel actually seeing this music come to life in person. Don’t take my word for it, though, check out the full video below:

Click here to preorder Nashville Ambient Ensemble’s debut album, ‘Cerulean,‘ as a special limited Cerulean vinyl repress. Otherwise, you can pick it up digitally and on CD from their Bandcamp page.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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