Steffen Basho-Junghans – The Dancer on The Hill

When it comes to guitar soli music, few artists possess the finesse and precision of Steffen Basho-Junghans, particularly on his latest album, The Dancer on The Hill. Released on vinyl last month through Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, this record shines with astonishingly intricate fantasias and fluid ragas that absolutely spark with life. WhileContinue reading “Steffen Basho-Junghans – The Dancer on The Hill”

Interview with Matthew J. Rolin, Eli Winter and Joseph Allred

Next week, Worried Songs, a new UK-based record company, will be reissuing Joseph Allred’s The True Light and the debut LPs by both Matthew J. Rolin and Eli Winter on vinyl. To celebrate this special occasion, the four of us recently had a chat over Zoom, and they each got a chance to perform someContinue reading “Interview with Matthew J. Rolin, Eli Winter and Joseph Allred”

Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland

Much like the billboard on its cover, the music of the Powers/Rolin Duo’s The Nightland is a gleaming light in the oppressive darkness that seems to be filling our world right now, providing us a little hope and illuminating a path out of the gloom. Comprised of two side-long pieces, this album finds Jen PowersContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland”

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper

With four LP sides of finely sculpted guitar and percussion soundscapes, Soundkeeper is the fourth and possibly best record in the already superb Gunn-Truscinski Duo discography. Guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski have been playing together for ten years now, so they would of course know each other’s playing styles and strengths as ifContinue reading “Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper”

Elkhorn – The Acoustic Sessions Interview

Last winter, Elkhorn, which is comprised of childhood friends, Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner, were supposed to turn up for a gig with fellow guitarist, Turner Williams Jr. (Ramble Tamble, Guardian Alien). The night of, a blizzard struck and the concert was cancelled. So the group retreated to Gardner’s home studio, grabbed some acoustics andContinue reading “Elkhorn – The Acoustic Sessions Interview”

Joseph Allred – Michael

There are some albums that hook you right from the first note, pull you deep into their worlds and won’t let go until the final moments of the final song. Joseph Allred’s Michael is one of those albums. With a bevy of releases under their belt already, Allred is a well seasoned musician that oftenContinue reading “Joseph Allred – Michael”

Eli Winter – Unbecoming

It’s no secret that Eli Winter is one of the brightest new lights in the world of guitar music today. His sophomore release, Unbecoming, is just the latest strong case for this argument. Winter’s spellbinding debut, The Time To Come, dropped only last year (and ended up being one of my favorite records of theContinue reading “Eli Winter – Unbecoming”

Son of Buzzi – In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne

With everything happening in the world right now, it’s important to remember that it’s healthy to pause. Pause and breathe within the space between thoughts and actions. It seems that the beauty and quiet hidden inside these little breaks is what inspired Son of Buzzi’s latest release. The songs on In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne areContinue reading “Son of Buzzi – In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t

What Alice Coltrane is to the jazz world, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble is to folk music. The Chicagoan group, which features McLaughlin on 12 and 6 string guitars, harmonium and electronics, Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimer, and Jason Toth on upright bass, blend elements of American primitivism with free jazz and modern classical music together into somethingContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t”

April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2

While we all may be stuck at home, great music continues to pour in through our mailboxes and computers. Here are some more of the best sounds that have reached our ears this month… The Prefab Messiahs – “21st Century Failure” Always with their finger on the pulse of society’s ills, The Prefab Messiahs haveContinue reading “April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2”