Daniel Bachman – Axacan

Daniel Bachman’s Axacan is less a guitar album as it is a patchwork of manipulated environmental sonic artifacts, arranged in the most evocative and atmospheric of ways. Bachman took the field recordings and found sounds angle of 2018’s The Morning Star and evolved it into a higher form. Instead of decorating or setting the backgroundContinue reading “Daniel Bachman – Axacan”

Matthew J. Rolin – The Dreaming Bridge

Matthew J. Rolin never ceases to push against the boundaries of solo guitar music and this has never been more evident than on his newest solo LP, The Dreaming Bridge. This staggering double LP, out now on Feeding Tube Records, finds Rolin exploring new sonic horizons. He fingerpicks behind ghostly saxophones (provided by Patrick Shiroishi),Continue reading “Matthew J. Rolin – The Dreaming Bridge”

April 2021 Roundup

April’s been a whirlwind month for us here at RCU towers, but we still managed to keep our ears glued to a massive amount of new and recent music. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the releases that have stood out to us this month the most: Davide Cedolin and Tito Ghiglione – GuitarContinue reading “April 2021 Roundup”

March 2021 Roundup

Life’s been chugging right along here at RCU towers. The weather’s getting warmer, vaccines are rolling in and the possibilities for healthy and safe concerts seem to be just on the horizon. Despite all of the changes, we’ve still had our ears glued to the stereo with plenty of new and recent releases. Here’s aContinue reading “March 2021 Roundup”

Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter – Anticipation

Cameron Knowler and Eli Winter, two friends who happen to be some of the brightest young talents in solo guitar music today, bring the best out of each other on their new duo album, Anticipation. Recorded mostly in a mammoth session last year in Houston, TX, this album finds the two guitarists winding down theContinue reading “Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter – Anticipation”

Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood

There’s nothing that I love more than experiencing a sound that is original and entirely new to me, so the highly innovative work of Yasmin Williams never ceases to leave me completely awestruck. This is especially true with her genre-defying new record, Urban Driftwood. The Virginian artist completely reinvents the concept of fingerstyle guitar musicContinue reading “Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood”

Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain

Mason Lindahl takes solo guitar music well beyond its folk and blues roots, and approaches it instead from a classical and minimalist experimental frame of mind. The NYC-based musician’s compositions are filled with brisk nylon flamenco fingerpicking and tight lyrical melodies, punctuated by brief, but tense moments of silence. His guitar work alternates between aContinue reading “Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain”

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”

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”

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”