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”

Reticence – This Time Might be The Golden One at Last

Reticence (A.K.A. Aaron Riverwood) has returned with an album that continues to prove that some of today’s best cosmic guitar music is coming out of New England. Based in Massachusetts, Riverwood channels the glistening stars, flowing rivers and ancient northern forests through his emotive guitar playing. His music never ceases to move and transport theContinue reading “Reticence – This Time Might be The Golden One at Last”

Jordan Perry – Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us

The stark and uncompromising Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us album is quintessential Jordan Perry. Perry, a guitarist who operates out of Virginia, is known for creating intricate avant-garde acoustic compositions. Yet the extended pieces on this cassette are especially impressive, since each track sounds meticulously constructed and plotted out, but were instead bornContinue reading “Jordan Perry – Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us”

Rootless – Docile Cobras

For Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks to bend their self-release-only rule of their Flower Room Records label and put out Rootless’ Docile Cobras, you know that this is a very special album indeed. Recorded during the spring of last year, Docile Cobras is Rootless (AKA Jeremy Hurewitz) at perhaps his most mystical. The record isContinue reading “Rootless – Docile Cobras”

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”

Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel

Clear Channel has proven once again that some of the most ethereal, heavenly guitar records being made today are coming from the realm of Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks. This tape, the latest of LaJoie’s many solo releases, is made up of two deeply atmospheric astral guitar soundscapes, “Voice One” and “Voice Two.” Each track sprawlsContinue reading “Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel”

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”