Most music, to varying degrees, conveys a cinematic quality, but for pedal steel player Spencer Cullum and guitarist Jeremy Fetzer — aka the instrumental duo Steelism — their new album ism sweeps across vast film terrain. Influenced by legendary composers like France’s Serge Gainsbourg and Italy’s Ennio Morricone, among an array of classic soundtracks, Steelism’s latest offers listeners a journey through movie genres grounded in and through geographies. Both players are based in Nashville, where they recorded the album, but their travels clearly influenced the resulting soundscapes they explore on their follow-up to 2014’s 615 to Fame. Consider it the soundtrack (of sorts) to a film epic spanning decades, settings, and styles.
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