Old Million Eye – Set & Drift

Old Million Eye’s Set & Drift is a swirling, hazy sea of mystical and ethereal sounds. Being a project of Brian Lucas (of Dire Wolves), one would come to expect Old Million Eye’s music to be abstract and yet, the variety of unusual sounds and directions taken on this album still feel fresh and exciting.Continue reading “Old Million Eye – Set & Drift”

Garden Portal – Spring Batch

Our friends down at Garden Portal Records have a new set of tapes coming out today by some of the most wildly creative guitarists currently performing. Here’s a rundown of this latest batch: Jeffrey Alexander – Reyes Our man Jeffrey Alexander, the unstoppable main head behind Dire Wolves, delivers dazed guitar explorations on this, hisContinue reading “Garden Portal – Spring Batch”

Sunburned Hand of The Man – Pick a Day to Die

Out of the galaxy that is the Sunburned Hand of The Man discography, Pick a Day to Die may be the band’s brightest shining star yet. Recorded mainly during sessions between 2007 and 2017, this album finds the legendary experimental collective demonstrating every strength in their arsenal. From space folk abstractions to kosmische biker freakContinue reading “Sunburned Hand of The Man – Pick a Day to Die”

Drew Gardner – s/t

Drew Gardner is releasing his first solo album today on Eiderdown Records, and it is every bit as strong and essential as anything he had ever released in his duo, Elkhorn. Recorded at Black Dirt Studios by the enormously talented Jason Meagher, this album of tight improvisations features Gardner on electric guitar, Garcia Peoples’ AndyContinue reading “Drew Gardner – s/t”

Gerycz/Powers/Rolin Interview

Jayson Gerycz, Jen Powers and Matthew J. Rolin’s debut album, Beacon, was originally released by Garden Portal last March as a cassette and was one of RCU’s favorite tapes of 2020. On March 12th, almost exactly a full year later, Centripetal Force Records will reissue the album on vinyl with a new mix and aContinue reading “Gerycz/Powers/Rolin Interview”

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”

Stay in Shape! Vol. 1

With the ability to safely host concerts still far down the road, Brad Farberman, of Middle Blue and Big Feet, took the initiative to try to save some of our beloved stages with his new series of benefit albums, Stay in Shape! Each entry in this collection will drop monthly, on every Bandcamp Friday, whenContinue reading “Stay in Shape! Vol. 1”

East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages

East River Caviar’s debut slab of rural psychedelia, How Asphalt Ages, is as serene and stoic as the first magenta moments of an early winter sunrise. Hailing from Connecticut, ERC is made up of two guitarists, Sam Boston and Brendan Casey, who weave together tight fuzzed-up fantasias with nothing but their electric axes, bass andContinue reading “East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages”

Spiral Wave Nomads – First Encounters

Even though 2021 just started, it is no hyperbole that Spiral Wave Nomads’ seismic sophomore release on Twin Lakes and Feeding Tube Records will certainly be remembered as one of the strongest releases of the year. Made up of Eric Hardiman on guitar and Michael Kiefer on drums, SWN began as a long-distance musical relationshipContinue reading “Spiral Wave Nomads – First Encounters”

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”