Freak-Folk Artist Cereus Bright Examines A Sense of Longing on His New Single “Chasing The Feeling”

August 11, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today, Knoxville freak-folk artist Tyler Anthony, better known as Cereus Bright, unveils the airy, homespun new single “Chasing the Feeling.” Anthony ruminates on the troublesome feeling of discontent. Always wanting something different, something better, he uses subtle instrumentation to illustrate the uneasy melancholy. Listen to “Chasing the Feeling” on all digital retailers (here).

“Chasing the Feeling charts the kinds of longings we all have,” says Anthony. “It’s nostalgic… it felt important to make it more subtle and melancholy. For me, that’s what the core of this feeling really is – a quiet desire to return to something better than today.”

“Chasing the Feeling” follows the existential “Horizons” and the equally thought-provoking “Seven Wonders,” signaling an exciting new trajectory for Cereus Bright.


Life transpires between extreme ups and downs. However, all the magic happens in the middle. As if tracing an emotional fault line right down the center, Cereus Bright explores this space with an intimate eye-for-detail and a universal appeal. The Knoxville, TN singer, songwriter, and artist born Tyler Anthony magnifies fits of emotion in the form of magnetic hooks only to delicately examine identity via inventive and immersive soundscapes.

Since 2012, Cereus Bright has quietly moved into this light. He enraptured, entranced, and engaged listeners with albums such as Excuses [2016] and Give Me Time [2021]. Meanwhile, fan favorite “Stella” amassed 18 million-plus Spotify streams followed by “American Dream” with over 8-million Spotify streams. Along the way, he emerged as the rare presence who could share the stage with either The Oh Hellos or Sturgill Simpson and Philip Phillips. Throughout 2022, he recorded his latest body of work. He’s received the acclaim of tastemakers like Paste, American Songwriter, The Talkhouse, and Consequence of Sound.

“Where my last record was very personal and intimate, I wanted this project to expand to bigger ideas,” he notes. “I attempted to take the mundane and make it abstract. When you put something familiar in an unfamiliar place, you see it differently. To get there, I explored more mythological and otherwordly ideas and sounds than ever before – while trying to retain the core intimacy of songwriting that I’ve always strived for. I hope what we made is a perfect balance.”

Now, after signing to Nettwerk, Cereus Bright returns with a revitalized sound. Stay tuned for more.

Download Single Artwork Here