David Crowell


"Depending on the tune, the interwoven triple-guitar gamesmanship of Empyrean Atlas can run in few different directions: toward the mathy post-punk of Horse Lords or Battles, toward warmly anesthetic ambience (say, Pink Floyd meets Bradford Cox), or toward West African high life. On “Echolocation,” the clangy, lapping repetitions feel most in line with that last influence. The quintet’s movements are coiled and contained, but pulsing with small, ecstatic fibrillations." 

--Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

"At eighteen minutes, Poly Rush might seem more EP-length teaser than full-length argument on behalf of Empyrean Atlas, yet what a teaser it is...I can't recall another outfit whose polyrhythms lock quite so tightly together as do Empyrean Atlas's...Brief it might be, but a track like “Echolocation,” for example, is very much capable of inducing an entranced swoon the moment that dazzling interplay appears." 



Empyrean Atlas, the band of composer/multi-instrumentalist David Crowell, has been described by TimeOut NY as combining "Minimalist drive and Afropop shimmer - a bright infectious mix,” and by Lucid Culture as "alternately hypnotic and kinetic."

Members of Empyrean Atlas have performed and/or recorded with the Philip Glass Ensemble, The National, Bear in Heaven, Steve Reich, Steve Coleman, Bing & Ruth, Briars of North America, Olga Bell, Happy Place, Little Women and many others. Empyrean Atlas has been featured several times on WNYC's New Sounds program, including a live performance with John Schaefer and a special podcast on electric guitarist/composers

In July 2015, Wilco named Inner Circle as one of their 17 favorite records of the year, promoting the list on their website and through magazines like Pitchfork, Stereogum and Paste.

Empyrean Atlas
Poly rush (2017)

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Empyrean Atlas (2013)

Empyrean Atlas
Inner Circle (2014)