If you’ve discussed ambient music with me in the past 12 months, you know how much I love Hotel Neon. From the first time I heard the first chord of “A Lament”, the first track on the band’s 2015 self-titled debut album, I was hooked. The music seemed to just get better and better with the release of Remnants in 2016 and Context in 2017. I had the privilege of seeing them perform live at Vox Populi, a small art gallery in Philadelphia during the summer of 2017, then again at The Gatherings concert series that fall, after which I sat in on the band performing live on Chuck van Zyl’s Star’s End radio program that broadcasts Sunday mornings from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on WXPN in Philadelphia. All three performances were incredible. Any fan of ambient and experimental music should catch them live whenever possible.
Hotel Neon consists of the brothers Tasselmyer, Andrew and Michael, and Steven Kemner. Along with their work in Neon, Kemner records and tours under his own name and Andrew and Michael recently announced the release of a side project called Gray Acres, with a self-titled debut album, mastered by Ian Hawgood, digitally and on limited edition CD via sound in silence.
We’re excited to welcome Gray Acres to The Sixth Floor on Saturday, March 24. They will be performing a full set of ambient soundscapes following The Now, our first four-piece experimental improv set featuring Lancaster area musicians. Details here.