Bobby Lee – Origin Myths

Bobby Lee’s Origin Myths takes cosmic Americana music to a whole other level. Recorded in the pockets of free time between the tasks of early fatherhood in the depths of the current pandemic, this album finds Lee improvising freely on guitar with a variety of hallucinatory effects and a dusty drum machine. He takes theContinue reading “Bobby Lee – Origin Myths”

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”

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”

Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism

Following up Ghost Funk Orchestra’s excellent and moving debut LP, 2019’s A Song for Paul, wasn’t going to be an easy task. Yet, Seth Applebaum and his sonic family of bandmates and collaborators drastically upped the ante and really delivered on An Ode to Escapism. Perhaps the first major change between records that a keenContinue reading “Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism”

John Jeffrey – Passage

John Jeffrey, the drummer of Moon Duo, let the spirit of improvisation move him from one sonic extreme to the next on his new solo record, Passage. From minimalist cosmic jazz to synth-centered motorik beat meditations, Jeffrey explores a vast spectrum of styles and sounds that interest him and shows just how versatile of aContinue reading “John Jeffrey – Passage”

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”