New York-based ambient country quintet SUSS follows up its acclaimed album Ghost Box (Expanded) on Northern Spy Records with a new 7 inch EP, “Chisholm Trail” b/w “Aurora”. Together, these tracks find the musical horizon line where the end of the trail on the A-side meets the cosmic expanse of the B-side. Drawing on psychedelic influences as diverse as the Flying Burrito Bros and Boards of Canada, SUSS uses a combination of bignote guitars, pedal steel, harmonica and synthesized sound to take a chill, heroic trip into the great American West and beyond.
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The sub-genre of Ambient Americana is going from strength to strength because of releases like this.
Chuck Johnson's slide playing like a silvery spider web, whilst Marielle Jakobsons' voice and keyboards an ethereal cloud.
What this album offers is a genuine 'deep listening' experience, as blissful, meditative and compelling as its gorgeous cover image.
From the first note to the last, this is haunting, life-affirming music. Let it lift your spirit and carry you away. Michael Mueller