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”

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”

December 2020 Roundup

This horrible year can’t end soon enough, but there’s still so much great music to cover! To make matters worse, I had to take most of last week off to tend to some urgent matters, so the stack of music in my inbox just keeps growing and growing. So here’s a final roundup for 2020!Continue reading “December 2020 Roundup”

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”

Tino – Bookfair

Stoic ambience and the wistful haze of nostalgia collide on the beautifully melancholic new album, Bookfair, by San Francisco experimental artist, Tino. Freshly released by Aural Canyon, this record is packed with lonesome lo-fi guitar and ghostly piano meandering through the mists of droning synths. These subdued compositions easily suggest faded memories and still moments inContinue reading “Tino – Bookfair”

Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further

Michael C. Sharp’s Trip Further is a voyage through vast oceans of cosmic keyboards and astral guitars that Harmonia would have been proud of. Sharp, a Texan multi-instrumentalist and one of the main heads behind Sungod, has gone above and beyond to create a collection of soundscapes that feel both profoundly exploratory and effortlessly relaxing. Songs likeContinue reading “Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further”

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”

Tarotplane – The Feedback Sutras

On the days that you just wish you could be on any other planet than Earth, Tarotplane is the artist to listen to. His guitar and synth meanderings can, without fail, transport you through space and alien worlds. The excellent Feedback Sutras is certainly no exception. The record is built out of two sprawling guitar andContinue reading “Tarotplane – The Feedback Sutras”

May 2020 Roundup

Man-oh-man, the physical and not-so-phsical record crates have been quite full over the last month. Here’s a quick run down of some of the sounds that have turned our heads and grabbed our ears over the last 30 days or so…  Munehiro Narita – Live Performance: San Francisco Let’s start things off with a bang,Continue reading “May 2020 Roundup”

Andrea Cortez – The Secret Song of Plants

Want to find a way to pure relaxation? Then turn off your phone and TV, close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly while listening to Andrea Cortez’s sublime The Secret Song of Plants. Cortez, a board-certified music therapist and sound meditation instructor, combined ethereal harp improvisations with various effects and the sonic-translated electricalContinue reading “Andrea Cortez – The Secret Song of Plants”