Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – III

On his third album, Elijah McLaughlin continues to prove himself to be one of the most adventurous and progressive artists in the modern wave of solo guitar music. Available now through Astral Spirits, III finds the Chicago-based musician exploring new sonic possibilities by weaving synthesizer drones, piano, dulcimer and cello into his acoustic fingerpicking fantasias.Continue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – III”

Single Premiere: “Coloring of Lake/Sky,” by Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble

The latest single from Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble’s upcoming third LP on Astral Spirits is a truly epic three-part suite that shows just how far the Chicago guitarist has really come since his 2020 debut. Set for release on March 24th, III features McLaughlin’s 6 and 12-string acoustic fingerpicking blending seamlessly into a rich landscape ofContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Coloring of Lake/Sky,” by Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – II

It wasn’t going to be easy for guitarist Elijah McLaughlin to outdo his brilliant 2020 debut album, but he certainly achieved that feat with this majestic LP of improvised chamber folk music Available this Friday on good ol’ Tompkins Square Records, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble II features the trio of musicians (Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimerContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – II”

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”