Category: Press

“The Cinder Grove” reviewed at Pitchfork

Playing to the pedal steel’s strengths of subtlety, The Cinder Grove’s mood slides toward grief without any hard signaling. The restorative serenity of Balsams may have transmitted a sense that “everything’s going to…
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Feature in The Guardian

Original article Underground scenes like noise and vaporwave are reaching for their ten-gallon hats, musically speaking – and soothing their pets in the process April Clare Welsh Tue 9 Jun…
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“Rain Shadow” LP reviewed at Pitchfork

Original article here. Golden RetrieverChuck Johnson Rain Shadow Jonathan Sielaff, Matt Carlson, and Chuck Johnson share an apparent aversion to sharp edges and hard surfaces. For more than a decade, Sielaff and…
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Saariselka Debut LP for Temporary Residence

There is an old Norse myth that says the great northern glaciers stored energy until they burst with fluorescent light, creating the Aurora Borealis. Saariselka is inspired by the meeting…
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Chicago Reader’s Year in Review (feat Balsams)

Peter Margasak’s 40 favorite albums of 2017, numbers 40 through 31 Chuck Johnson, Balsams (VDSQ) I'm a big fan of Bay Area guitarist Chuck Johnson—I've enjoyed his expansive acoustic fingerstyle music as well…
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Stationary Travels’ 2017 in review (feat. Balsams)

2017 in review: Journeys in Post Rock, Experimental Folk, & Electronica Chuck Johnson – Balsams[VDSQ] http://www.vdsqrecords.com https://chuckjohnson.bandcamp.com/album/balsams This is pedal steel like you’ve never heard before – abstract and vaporous, infused…
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Balsams on NPR Music Best of 2017 list

BEST MUSIC OF 2017 Viking's Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones Chuck Johnson Labradorite Eye Chuck Johnson often writes for solo acoustic guitar, but lately has been stretching…
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East Bay Express Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017

The Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017   8. Chuck Johnson, Basalms (VDSQ) Though trained as an electronic musician, Oakland artist Chuck Johnson has earned a reputation as a so-called "American primitive"…
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Balsams on Uncut Best of 2017!

Uncut Magazine has included Balsams on their Best Albums of 2017 list. And the track "Riga Black" is on the CD that accompanies the January 2018 print issue. 23 CHUCK JOHNSON Balsams…
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Relix reviews Balsams

Chuck Johnson: Balsams by John Adamian on August 09, 2017 Something is happening. Americana has gone fully cosmic. This record of dreamy and ethereal, ambient, pedal-steelmusic brings to mind William…
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Chuck Johnson live set up at NYCTaper

Chuck Johnson: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC) October 1, 2017 By acidjack As a multitalented musician — a soundtrack composer, rock guitarist, and solo…
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Dusted reviews Balsams

Chuck Johnson — Balsams (VDSQ) Chuck Johnson, a composer and musician out of California, has left behind the time-keeping picking structures of picked American primitive guitar and headed for the…
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Feature at Indy Week

Chuck Johnson Crafts a Peaceful Pedal Steel Paradise with His Latest LP, Basalms  By Noah Rawlings Chuck Johnson CHUCK JOHNSON Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m., $12 Nightlight, Chapel Hill www.nightlightclub.com Chuck…
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Interview at Blocland

Interview: Chuck Johnson and His Otherworldly Pedal Steel Guitar By Saul Wright  - August 14, 2017 10 Photo by Andrew Paynter Chuck Johnson isn’t new to this. But his new…
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Magnet reviews Balsams

ESSENTIAL NEW MUSIC: ANTHONY PASQUAROSA’S “ABBANDONATO DA DIO NAZIONE”; MARK MCGUIRE’S “IDEAS OF BEGINNINGS”; CHUCK JOHNSON’S “BALSAMS” The Vin Du Select Qualitite imprint has a narrow, precise remit: limited-run, lovingly…
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Interview at Bandcamp

Chuck Johnson’s New Album Is Partially Inspired By An Injured Dog Photo by Andrew Paynter. For some people, breathing deeply while visualizing a calm place is enough to stay grounded. For Chuck…
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Pitchfork includes Balsams in Overlooked Albums of 2017

Chuck Johnson - Balsams If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “My favorite part of any song with a pedal steel guitar is, in fact, the part with the pedal steel…
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“Calamus” video premiere at Tiny Mix Tapes

Original article at Tiny Mix Tapes Graceful contemplations overflow on Balsams, a new Chuck Johnson record that exchanges earthy fingerpicking for the expressive sweep of pedal steel. As fitting a Vin Du Select Qualitite release,…
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