New American Century by Midwest Soul Xchange
Imagine a duo that combines its Americana, folk/prog rock and pop influences with a passion for the sounds of acts that range from Kula Shaker, Pink Floyd and Tenacious D to The Beatles, The Decemberists, Queen and Michael Jackson.
That’s the robust template established by Midwest Soul Xchange, comprising Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin-based troubadours Nate Cherrier and Ryan Summers. The pair has been buds for nearly two decades, but only recently recognized their sonic synchronicity as songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists. By year-end 2015, their 11-track debut full-length album “New American Century,” is destined to hit the streets.
Each brings their unique talents to the XChange, with Nate contributing percussion and rhythm tracks as the “enchanting wizard of rhythm” and Ryan serving as the “professor,” adding synthesizers, lead guitar and working as producer and engineer for the upcoming album. They prefer to deem themselves… the “maestro” and the “master.”
Meanwhile, the duo dealt with the challenge of collaborating from afar… sort of. Even though they both grew up in Wisconsin, Nate was living in Phoenix during the recording process, meaning that every note and beat was literally an “exchange” of ideas. Now that the work is done, “New American Century” sashays comfortably between the pair’s numerous beloved musical genres—while maintaining the identifiable signature and melodic moxie that has already become the act’s calling card in live gigs.
This is Americana for the true fan – upbeat, stripped down and wonderfully human. There is a very natural magic to the twin vocals of Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier that speaks to the eternal power that this kind of music can have.
But this is more than just an Americana record, Midwest Soul Xchange are not afraid to mix in elements of prog rock and fully acknowledge the influence of pop masters like Michael Jackson. The point being – New American Century is eclectic, poignant and refreshing. It’s folk for a new century and speaks to the daily millennial struggle – salvation for a new day.
Produced by Ryan Summers & Nate Cherrier, Mixed, Engineered Mastered by Ryan Summers. All mixing and mastering was done in Marshfield, WI while recorded in a garage in Tempe, AZ and a basement in Marshfield, WI, so you can see this was a great undertaking for these brilliant artists.
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