Over the past two decades, Luke Schneider has been an MVP of the Nashville music scene. He was a member of Aughts-era post-rock outfit Character. More recently, you've seen and/or heard his stellar contributions to a heap of local bands and records — working with folks like Margo Price, Caitlin Rose, William Tyler, Natural Child and Teddy and the Rough Riders — as a style-expanding pedal-steel guitarist.
Back in June, he made his debut as a solo artist with material from a forthcoming album called Altar of Harmony, whose release date hadn't yet been determined. Now, word has come that the LP will be released May 8 via Jack White's Third Man Records. If you haven't caught Schneider playing solo (perhaps opening for Lambchop at Drkmttr in December), you might be surprised to learn about the ambient, New Age-inspired nature of his music.
Either way, you're in for a treat via the above music video for the Altar of Harmony track "Anteludium," the title of which is the Latin equivalent of "overture." Directed by Ben Chappell, the images flow with the music. The piece rests on a cloud of pulsing harmony, shot through with soft-edged melodies like rays of light. The picture shifts from calm, gentle images from nature to shots of Schneider coaxing tones from his pedal steel on set — both in front of his custom LED light panels and surrounded by candles.
Schneider doesn't have any local dates on the books at the moment; he's on the road as a member of Orville Peck's band, and provided that COVID-19 doesn't interfere, you'll be able to see them at Bonnaroo. Check in with your favorite local record store or visit the Third Man site to preorder the album, and see this link for pre-saving on your streaming service of choice.