The Nashville Ambient Ensemble is based, as you may have guessed, in Nashville, Tennessee. Organized and led by electronic composer Michael Hix, the ensemble’s lineup is made up of some of the city’s most creative and innovative artists, many of whom have been heralded by Bandcamp as being part of an experimental music movement dubbed the “New Weird South.” In addition to Hix on synthesizers, the group includes the talents of Luke Schneider on pedal steel guitar, Kim Rueger (Belly Full of Stars) on piano, Jack Silverman on baritone electric guitar, Deli Paloma-Sisk (Diatom Deli) on voice, Cynthia Cárdenas on guitar synth, and Timon Kaple on electric guitar.
In 2019 Michael Hix, a Tennessee native, moved back to Nashville from New York City, where he had been establishing a solo music practice. It was at a show that Hix played with Diatom Deli in early 2019 that he met Jack Silverman, who suggested a collaboration. Also present at the show was an old friend, Timon Kaple. Conversations ensued, excitement grew, and suggestions for additional collaborators were quickly shared. Before long the 'Cerulean' lineup gathered for two rehearsals and then entered Battle Tapes studio for two days of recording. This album stands as testimony to the deep collaborative spirit and talent of all involved. As Hix and other veterans of Nashville’s music scene will tell you, there aren’t too many cities where this kind of collective mindset is so rich and rewarding.