Scott Tuma is a luminary of the Chicago musical landscape from his days as guitarist in pioneering Chicago alt-country band Souled American to his work in the Boxhead Ensemble and Good Stuff House (with Matt Christensen and Mike Weis of Zelienople) and his collaborations with Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White), Jim Becker (Califone), Jason Stein, Ben Boye, and Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors). Since 2001 he has released an incredible run of albums under his own name, all performed, recorded, and mixed by Tuma from his home in Chicago. "Made By Nature" is a phrase Tuma uses to describe his way of life as he is constantly playing and recording, dependent upon the rhythms and distractions of home and capturing the environment around him. Tuma has accumulated a collection of recordings that date back to the mid-90's and he is constantly sifting through these recordings to remember things that might otherwise be forgotten.
Eyrie was recorded over the past year and features Tuma's close friend Matthew De Gennaro (Soft Abuse) on guitar for the song "F. March". Tuma and DeGennaro have played together often over the past decade, but this is the first time they appear together on record.
Eyrie will be followed by No Greener Grass, an epic double album to be released on Immune later this year.
It’s hard to pinpoint what makes Tuma’s music so calming and emotionally overwhelming at the same time. Maybe it's the way the songs so sensuously celebrate the natural world while they acknowledge its inevitable decay and rebirth. Emmerich
This project is unlike anything I've ever listened to before, and I truly believe I may never find something as powerful and emotional as this later on in my lifetime. This is a priceless experience from start to finish. Kody