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Steelism ism Intoxicating Sounds/Thirty Tigers June 23, 2017

Steelism — ism (June 23, 2017)

                                Steelism — ism (June 23, 2017)Steelism — ism (June 23, 2017)”“★λ★”“      Combines country twang, jazz, blues, R&B, surf guitar, and Ennio Morricone~like movie soundtrack washes in an utterly unique 21st century blend.
”“★λ★”“      Steel yourself for a great musical ride!
Location: Nashville, TN
Genre: Country, Pop/Rock, R&B
Styles: Instrumental Country, Instrumental Rock, R&B Instrumental
Album release: June 23, 2017
Recording Location: Battle Tapes, Nashville, TN
Record Label: Intoxicating Sounds/Thirty Tigers
Duration:     37:51
01 Re~Member     2:46 
02 Eno Nothing     3:36 
03 Shake Your Heel     3:27 
04 Anthem     4:48 
05 Roulette     4:31 
06 Cup of Wasser     4:41 
07 Chartreuse     2:45 
08 Lonely Game     3:50 
09 The Henchman/The Buffalo     3:34 
10 Let It Brew     3:53
Written by:
★    Spencer Cullum / Jeremy Fetzer     1, 2, 6, 7, 10
★    Spencer Cullum / Jeremy Fetzer / Tristen Gaspadarek     3
★    Jonathan Estes     4
★    Ruby Amanfu / Spencer Cullum / Jeremy Fetzer     5
★    Andrew Combs / Spencer Cullum / Jeremy Fetzer     8
★    Spencer Cullum / Jeremy Fetzer / Jonathan Radford     9
★    Ruby Amanfu Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
★    John Baldwin Mastering
★    Jessie Baylin Featured Artist, Vocals
★    Angelina Castillo Photography
★    Andrew Combs Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
★    Robbie Crowell Keyboards, Synthesizer
★    Spencer Cullum Composer, Pedal Steel, Producer
★    Alicia Enstrom Violin
★    Jon Estes Bass, Keyboards, String Arrangements
★    Jonathan Estes Composer
★    Liz Estes Violin
★    Jeremy Ferguson Engineer, Mixing, Producer
★    Jeremy Fetzer Composer, Guitar, Producer
★    Tristen Gaspadarek Composer
★    Jonny Lam Guitar (Steel)
★    Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Vibraphone
★    Emily Nelson Cello
★    Jon Radford Drums
★    Jonathan Radford Composer
★    Tristen Featured Artist, Vocals
★    Kristen Weber Violin
Written By Hal Horowitz // June 21, 2017 // Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars
”“★λ★”“      “Hey, let’s start a predominantly instrumental Americana band driven by trading licks with guitar and pedal steel and incorporating elements of spaghetti Western soundtracks, surf, R&B, rock and jazz.” That was apparently the agreement made between Steelism’s frontmen/founders Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum, sometime while backing Caitlin Rose in 2013. Thankfully, no one convinced these Nashville transplants (Fetzer is from Ohio, Cullum raised in the UK) that the commercial masses weren’t exactly clambering for that sort of uncommon lineup or sound. If they were advised, it was smartly ignored.
”“★λ★”“      That’s the way art is made.
”“★λ★”“      One EP, and now two albums down the line, the unusual concept has yielded some of the most quirky, vibrant and enjoyably eclectic music emerging from Nashville in decades. The duo’s 2014 disc solidified the initial model and 2017’s short but sweet 10 track follow~up now mixes new and enticing elements into the stew.
”“★λ★”“      That’s immediately evident as the opening “Re~member” twang is enhanced with sumptuous ELO~tailored strings and pulsating orchestration; an audacious beginning, all in less than three minutes. By track three, we are introduced to the first of four Nashville~based singers — three are credited co~writers of their tracks — as pop vocalist Tristen sings the impossibly catchy “Shake Your Heel” over a frothy, spacey retro dance beat. Ruby Amanfu brings husky Shirley Bassey cool to “Roulette,” a booming James Bond~styled theme just waiting for placement in a 007 flick. The duet of Andrew Combs with Jessie Baylin on the Jayhawks~fashioned “Lonely Game” is the disc’s most straightforward singer~songwriter track. It proves these guys can construct a moving, widescreen Americana ballad as effortlessly as they shift between other genres incorporated in the Steelism approach.
”“★λ★”“      Spanish flamenco percussion is mixed into the acoustic guitar of “The Henchman/The Buffalo,” a tricky combination of multiple vibes and a perfect example of the graceful agility Cullum and Fetzer exhibit throughout. There’s a bit of prog to “Cup of Wasser” — another tune that incorporates tactfully arranged strings — yet the twosome never strays far from their organic roots, even as the instrumentals twist and turn. The pair brings a combination of country and space rock to the closing “Let It Brew,” again showing how they expand their boundaries without falling into anything hinting of pretentious.
”“★λ★”“      Steelism understands the need to grow, develop and mature an already diverse style. The wildly, perhaps unexpectedly, successful experiments with strings, vocals and different influences on ism, while maintaining a foot into their roots, shows how this talented twosome can move ahead, creating ambitious music with subtle charm, sophistication and a refreshing desire to work outside the mainstream.
”“★λ★”“      http://americansongwriter.com/
Website: http://www.steelismmusic.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/steelismmusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteelismMusic

Steelism ism Intoxicating Sounds/Thirty Tigers June 23, 2017


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