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”

January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)

The sheer amount of great music pouring in from the end of 2020 into the start of 2021 was so immense (and I was so busy during the last two weeks), that a second volume of January’s roundup post was absolutely necessary. Here’s what else we’ve been listening to and digging lately: Matt LaJoie –Continue reading “January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)”

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”

Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland

Much like the billboard on its cover, the music of the Powers/Rolin Duo’s The Nightland is a gleaming light in the oppressive darkness that seems to be filling our world right now, providing us a little hope and illuminating a path out of the gloom. Comprised of two side-long pieces, this album finds Jen PowersContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland”

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”

Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith

2020 has seen quite a few records that could be described as “cosmic country,” but Barry Walker Jr’s Shoulda Zenith might just be the spaciest and wildest of the bunch. A Tennessee native that is currently based out of Portland, Walker takes free jazz, ambient and interstellar rock, and then translates them through pedal steelContinue reading “Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith”

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”

November 2020 Roundup

Last week’s roundup post barely put a dent into the pile of great new releases that were sent to us, so we just had to rush out a second roundup right away. Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came Nick Jonah Davis is a guitarist from Derbyshire, England, who plays in a style thatContinue reading “November 2020 Roundup”

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper

With four LP sides of finely sculpted guitar and percussion soundscapes, Soundkeeper is the fourth and possibly best record in the already superb Gunn-Truscinski Duo discography. Guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski have been playing together for ten years now, so they would of course know each other’s playing styles and strengths as ifContinue reading “Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper”

Tino – Bookfair

Stoic ambience and the wistful haze of nostalgia┬ácollide 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”