Welcome to American Dreams Records – we’re an online store & label dedicated to the global underground. What began as a distro in the experimental realm graduated into a full label with a heavy music imprint – American Decline Records.
Coming out March 12, 2021 is the new LP Anticipation by precocious guitarists Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter! These two crafted their debut duo LP while touring through Texas, though their friendship goes back longer. Balancing old-time music traditions with modern experimental guitar sensibilities, Anticipation will have your mouth watering if you’re fans of cats like Michael Chapman, Sarah Louise, Bert Jansch, or Jack Rose.
We just released Wisconsin percussionist and experimental composer Jon Mueller’s LP Family Secret, a four song collection of droning percussion inspired by experiments in light perception and considerations of family. It nods to folks like Somei Satoh, Pauline Oliveros, and others who work with endurance-based practices whose work occasionally crosses into the spiritual. From his tenure in projects like Volcano Choir, Mind Over Mirrors, and Death Blues, Mueller is drawing from a wide palette – on Family Secret, it shows.
Sand Like Stardust by American Dreams founder & ONO member Jordan Reyes is our newest release. Here’s some of the description: “‘I envisioned the record as a journey through human expression over the course of one day,’ says Chicago composer and ONO member Jordan Reyes, musing on his sophomore album Sand Like Stardust. When planning the album, Reyes wanted to consider the trajectory of American music, drawing a throughline from the oral traditions enmeshed in blues, country, folk to contemporary underground music, splicing together acoustic instrumentation with an experimental, electronic sensibility.”