Category: Reviews

“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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“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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