Single Premiere: “Habitat,” by Jon Camp

All solo guitar and pedal steel heads need to check out “Habitat,” the latest single by fingerstyle guitarist and composer, Jon Camp.

Taken from Camp’s upcoming self-titled LP on Centripetal Force Records, “Habitat” is just one example of how the Washington DC-area artist excels at blending together unlikely sounds.

The record, which is available for preorder ahead of its May 20th release, draws from a heavily diverse palette of styles and textures. Elements of stoic post rock and ambient music often bond with classic acoustic fingerpicking and old time string band traditions, creating a truly one of a kind sonic experience.

On “Habitat,” a thumping bass drum leads a slow waltz-like rhythm, as Camp decorates it with a sleepy fingerpicked melody on his twanging electric guitar. Meanwhile, a flood of celestial pedal steel cascades throughout the background. Played by Jamie Linder, the pedal steel creates a thick atmosphere that gives the song an intense dreamlike quality, pushing it deep into ambient country territory. Check it out below:

For Camp, the song “evokes a place of refuge and acceptance, internally and externally. I like the simplicity of the composition, the less-is-more arrangement, the plodding rhythm section, and Jamie Linder’s emotive pedal steel.”

This minimalist approach emphasizes the track’s zen-like nature, producing a calming and meditative aura that hangs with the listener long after its over.

If you enjoy the experimental bluegrass, folk and country sounds of Padang Food Tigers, The Black Twig Pickers and Golden Brown then you should click here to preorder this album now.


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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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