Steelism (from the album ism)
‘It’s all about the music, man’ is more than an motto for Steelism. The Nashville instrumental outfit make their music a mission, a way to champion and proudly recall the work of groups such as Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Ventures as well as the orchestral work of movie soundtracks. Steelism are the music side of words and music, adding to their film score and the hits of 60’s musicians on their recent release, ism, with a hero worship nod to the musical gadgetry of Brian Eno. Steelism use assorted strings along with electronic blips and bleeps with the tribute of “Eno Nothing” on ism as they put a percolated rhythm underneath the dreamy feel of “Let It Brew” and lift a “Cup of Wasser” up on a solid backbeat.
At the heart of Steelism are the strings of Jeremy Fetzer (guitar) and Spencer Cullum (pedal steel). The pair co-produced ism alongside Jeremy Ferguson (Lambchop, Andrew Combs). Voices are brought in on ism, adding the vocals of Tristen to the groove of “Shake Your Heel” as Andrew Combs and Jesse Baylin duet on the Country-flavored “Lonely Game” while Ruby Amanfu takes a spin on the circling spy soundtrack rhythms of “Roulette”. Opening ism with a jangle of strings, “Re-Member” takes assured steps into the album while “Chartreuse” colors the sound with dots of notes and “The Henchman/Buffalo” dances on tarantella footsteps as Steelism unravel “Anthem”, rising from humble piano ramble beginnings to banner-waving reverbed guitar and pedal steel riffs.
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