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”

Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic

On Prana Crafter’s latest record, William Sol seems to be channeling and processing the storm of today’s societal and worsening environmental climate through his guitar playing. . The ever astral Sol treats the album as one long, continuous song. Each track seamlessly flows into one another, as if we’re being guided through a single meditativeContinue reading “Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic”

September Roundup – Volume 2

In spite of COVID, the continued effects of the pandemic and the unearthly firescapes that are currently decimating the west coast, this fall is proving to be an abundantly fruitful season for excellent new releases. So this month absolutely called for a second volume of our roundup. Check out some of the killer new albumsContinue reading “September Roundup – Volume 2”

Ezra Feinberg & John Kolodij – s/t

If you look up the definition of ‘deep listening,’ there needs to be a picture of Ezra Feinberg and John Kolodij’s split release. Feinberg, whom you may know from his days with Citay or from his excellent solo records (like the astonishing Recumbent Speech, which came out earlier this year), is perfectly matched with theContinue reading “Ezra Feinberg & John Kolodij – s/t”