selected quotes:

++Up From The Bitterroot++

album reviews: 

“imaginative, insightful, and touching…. Somewhere between Beck’s Sea Change and the psychedelic freak-folk of Devandra Banhart”

–Pure M Magazine


“combinations of pizzicato violin leading into unusual percussive time signatures and the use of multi-layered and double tracked vocals also recall, albeit acoustically, early Kate Bush. It’s a highly pleasing mix…. It’s hard to credit that this is Skye Steele’s first full length foray into the singer-songwriter world – it’s got confidence and flair and musical ambition by the bucket load. You’ll have heard few finer such albums this year.”

–Jonathan Aird, Americana-UK (8/10)


“Moody and reflective… bueatifully brooding… this album poignantly captures music’s amazing ability to help hurting people heal and become whole again through confronting life’s hardships head on.”

–Jersey Beat



advance praise for Hiromitsu & Yuko:

“a melancholy, mostly acoustic arrangement that echoes and explores Hiromitsu’s tale of loss and love.”

“Deep-hearted Outpouring”


“evocative vision…. a yearning soundscape”

– song of the day

“The lyrics speak his mind, but the violin, piano and guitar reveal his true emotions.”

–Magnet Magazine

“Skye Steele puts this man’s story to music perfectly using a variety of instruments to recreate the sounds of Hiromitsu’s fear and the terrifying sounds of nature from this disaster.”




++Glorious Sunshine EP++

“With a quality of sound laying somewhere between a budding Andrew Bird enthusiast and a hint of the day-dreamy Western (think cowboys and cacti), his ability to shift reality to fit a more “communal” theme set within the video allows for a relatively peaceful first encounter with a man whose talent is bound for success.”

–Distant Records blog


“dreamy, haunting, and sometimes pretty sparse…. guitar and vocals play off each other well while the vocal harmonies and piano hauntingly swirl in and out of the foreground on “Singing In The Street”, the standout track from the EP”


++The Hot Holy Mess++

”Resolved dissonance” is one of the very cool things about music – Sonic Youth mastered it to perfection. But honestly I have a hard time thinking about a “clean sounding” band that uses dissonance as purposefully as Brooklyn based super-obscure (but not for long) The Hot Holy Mess.”
—The Deli Magazine (Record of the month, Dec ’11)

“The Hot Holy Mess emerges out of the shadows with an experimental recollection of folk, bluegrass, and rock that feels more like a reawakening than a revisiting of well-traversed genres. The Brooklyn duo croon legato melodies amidst beautiful production, spanning drum machines and mandolins. The Hot Holy Mess is somewhere enjoyable between classic and bizzarre- a perfect space to get lost in.”
—Zen Tapes

“‘Long Ride Down’ …sorts back-beat dynamics with well punctuated melodies that range from long drawn breathes to dotted fragments to produce something original and pure, something intuitively musical.”

“intriguing brand of progressive roots music borrows liberally from funk, gospel, avant-jazz and bluegrass.”
— Time Out New York


++The Skye Steele Quintet and late bloomer++


San Diego Union Tribune, July 30, 2009:

“Violin maverick Skye Steele has charted a diverse creative path since he… moved to New York to seek improvisationally charged aural adventure. The enticing fruits of his labors are readily apparent on “Late Bloomer,” his aptly titled debut album as a band leader.” –George Varga, The Other Stream.

Cadence Review, July, 2008:

“It’s clear that this crew is ready to stretch out in a million different directions and have tons of fun doing it…. Steele’s fiddle darts in and out of the oddball rhythmic structures with great panache and rhythmic assurance…. Steele’s fabulous tone and inventive solo sense didn’t just happen overnight.”
–Stuart Kremsky

Downtown Music Gallery, May, 2009:

“I am not so sure if Skye Steele is actually a late bloomer, but I am sure that he has come up with an unexpected classic that should be cherished by those smart enough to take a chance and listen.”
— Bruce Lee Gallanter, January 28, 2009:

“Thoughtful, meditative instrumentals, full of beautiful little intricacies, often absolutely mesmerizing: you can get completely lost in this stuff.”

New York Press, May 30, 2007:

“There seems to be little limit for what Skye Steele, the young violinist, can do throughout the local musical landscape.”
–Ernest Bartheldes

All About Jazz NY, November 29, 2008:

“Steele displays his traditional violin chops on a solo “My Funny Valentine” creating rich harmonies with doubled and tripled string bowing. Rock shuffle rhythms vie with polyrhythms from the Middle East from track to track, with rubato and wafting rhythms suggesting an elegiac tone at times.”
–George Kanzler, March 26, 2009:

“A strange, sometimes unearthly and utterly beautiful album by innovative violinist/composer Skye Steele and his superb backing unit”

(listings and one-liners)

“Rustic and worldly.”
–Nate Chinen, New York Times

“Some of the Best New Jazz New York City has to offer…. the most fantastic violinist… the type of musician who made the violin transcend beyond all the classical music stereotypes into an ephemeral, personal space.”

“Steele makes his instrument sing joyously.”
–Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine, Oct 2004

“Eclectic and Graceful”
–Time Out NY


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