Xisco Rojo – Transfigurations

Madrid’s Xisco Rojo crafted a psychedelic guitar record that feels less like an album, and more like a collection of rituals that celebrate life itself. Written and performed entirely by Rojo on everything from six and twelve-string acoustic and electric guitars to Weissenborns and Greek baglamas, plus a whole plethora of other exotic and unusualContinue reading “Xisco Rojo – Transfigurations”

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 fromContinue reading “Nashville Ambient Ensemble: Live at Grimey’s”

Video Premiere: “Searchlight” by Jack Silverman

Jack Silverman, a multifaceted guitarist and one of the members of the great Nashville Ambient Ensemble, dropped the stunning solo EP, Now What, earlier this spring. Today, Silverman released a music video from that EP, “Searchlight,” and you can be one of the first to see it right now. Check it out below! Directed byContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Searchlight” by Jack Silverman”

Nashville Ambient Ensemble – Cerulean

On their debut album, Cerulean, Nashville Ambient Ensemble take the emerging ambient-country subgenre and pushes it to a newly evolved state. The aptly named group is comprised of leader Michael Hix on synthesizers, Belly Full of Stars’ Kim Rueger on piano, Jack Silverman on baritone electric guitar, Luke Schneider on pedal steel guitar, Cynthia CárdenasContinue reading “Nashville Ambient Ensemble – Cerulean”

Aural Canyon Roundup (II)

It’s been too long since we last covered anything from our favorite ambient label, Aural Canyon, so here’s a rundown of some of their recent and upcoming releases that caught our ear. Joshua W. Bruner – Viewings On Viewings, Joshua W. Bruner creates dreamy soundscapes with the help of a Muse EEG Headset, which sensesContinue reading “Aural Canyon Roundup (II)”

Tarotplane – Horizontology

There are few artists that fully embody the spirit of Kosmische Musik as well, nor as genuinely as Tarotplane. His latest record, Horizontology, is further proof of that. Right from the very first song on this album, Tarotplane (AKA PJ Dorsey), plunges the listener deep into outer space with the help of various synths andContinue reading “Tarotplane – Horizontology”

Video Premiere: “Conversion” by Nashville Ambient Ensemble

One of the most exciting developments in the underground recently has been the ever-expanding crossover of experimental and country music. From unorthodox pedal steel soundscapes to full-blown ambient-country hybrids, this unexpected blend of styles have produced some daringly original records and thrilling concepts. However, with the upcoming release of their debut full-length LP, Nashville AmbientContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Conversion” by Nashville Ambient Ensemble”

Carlos Ferreira – “Diving”

For a quick dose of spellbinding ambient music, look no further than Carlos Ferreira’s new single, “Diving.” On this track, Ferreira, a true ambient master, immerses the listener into a deep sea of soft drones and glacial synth chords. The entire piece glows with an optimistic tone, and even begins to take on a spiritualContinue reading “Carlos Ferreira – “Diving””

Heavy Stars – Portico

Heavy Stars’ elegant Portico album received the vinyl treatment a few weeks back, courtesy of El Gran E Records, and it was long overdue. Heavy Stars (AKA Lacey Lewis) is known for making ethereal ambient pop, but Portico takes it to another level. From drifting astral soundscapes to dreamy minimalist variations on hip-hop, this isContinue reading “Heavy Stars – Portico”

John Jeffrey – Passage

John Jeffrey, the drummer of Moon Duo, let the spirit of improvisation move him from one sonic extreme to the next on his new solo record, Passage. From minimalist cosmic jazz to synth-centered motorik beat meditations, Jeffrey explores a vast spectrum of styles and sounds that interest him and shows just how versatile of aContinue reading “John Jeffrey – Passage”