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”

Single Premiere: Nashville Ambient Ensemble’s “Coda”

Preorders are now live for Nashville Ambient Ensemble’s dreamy debut LP, Cerulean, which is slated for release on March 19th on Centripetal Force Records. Click here to get your copy of one of the spring’s most anticipated and original records on black or cerulean blue colored vinyl or CD. Need another taste of this enchantingContinue reading “Single Premiere: Nashville Ambient Ensemble’s “Coda””

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”

Interview with Tambourinen’s Grant Beyschau

Grant Beyschau of The Myrrors released a total kosmische monster of a solo album on cassette back in May under the name Tambourinen. Earlier this month, the great people at Centripetal Force and Cardinal Fuzz Records did the lord’s work by reissuing it onto vinyl. Wooden Flower is a riff-fueled interstellar trip of howling gutsyContinue reading “Interview with Tambourinen’s Grant Beyschau”

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”

Song Premiere: “Pilgrim’s Progress” by White Manna

It’s no surprise that the next White Manna album will be a mind-scorcher, so I’m sure many of you are just itching to hear it. Thankfully, the band has been generous enough to let loose another preview track from Arc: the rippin’ “Pilgrim’s Progress” and its equally incandescent video. Give it a watch below and crank yourContinue reading “Song Premiere: “Pilgrim’s Progress” by White Manna”

Liner Notes with Mike Mannix of Centripetal Force Records

Mike Mannix is the cool head behind the great Centripetal Force Records. The label (along with Cardinal Fuzz) brought you such cosmic favorites as Dire Wolves’ I Just Wasn’t Made for These Set Times and the No Ear to Hear split by ragenap and Prana Crafter. Mannix’s small print-run company is also responsible for compassionate benefit releases,Continue reading “Liner Notes with Mike Mannix of Centripetal Force Records”

Jim McHugh – The Masher Sez Abolish Work. End Employment Now!

Following the moving For Big Floyd benefit single from last month, Jim McHugh of Sunwatchers and Centripetal Force Records have teamed up again to bring you another powerful slab of socially conscious music for a good cause. All proceeds of this release will be donated to Black Lives Matter NYC and Black Lives Matter Nashville. OnContinue reading “Jim McHugh – The Masher Sez Abolish Work. End Employment Now!”

No Ear To Hear: Prana Crafter and ragenap’s Tribute to Robert Hunter

“Inspiration, move me brightly light the song with sense and color Hold away despair more than this I will not ask” -Robert Hunter The recent passing of the Grateful Dead’s lyricist, Robert Hunter, sent shockwaves throughout the world. Hunter’s poetic words have touched a multitude of lives over half a century in ways that fewContinue reading “No Ear To Hear: Prana Crafter and ragenap’s Tribute to Robert Hunter”