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.
1st half is instrumental and is reminiscent of a more Spartan John Fahey slowed way down (but without the pitch change). 2nd half adds plaintive vocals and after "Chrissy's Home" the guitars/dulcimers (?) are more focused, sprightly and more conventionally melodic (compared to the first half). A lo-fi gem. Anthony Childs