Friday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

Curtis Roush

Cosmic Campfire Music (Modern Outsider)

Friday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

For Bright Light Social Hour frontman Curtis Roush, sorrow sparked Cosmic Campfire Music, a solo project that feels at once intensely intimate and slightly distant. Following a breakup and the death of BLSH manager Alex O'Brien, Roush sought solace in Marfa. The results are beautiful in that West Texas way – sparse, quiet, expansive, unhurried. These are hushed songs for nights under big skies, more stargaze than shoegaze. Roush plays every instrument on the soulful, self-recorded affair, with simple drum loops grounding acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, and a warm blanket of synth. Outro "Space Is Empty (Come With Me)" stares straight into the abyss: "Off to settle space, come with me/ Cold and dark without your love, it's empty." (11:15am, Miller Lite stage)


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