Freak-Folk Artist Cereus Bright Releases the Contemplative New Song “Unfaithful”

November 10, 2023 BY Emma Orland

After sharing his expansive EP Car Alarm in September, Knoxville freak-folk artist Tyler Anthony aka Cereus Bright shares the contemplative new single “Unfaithful.” The moody, jazz-inspired psych-folk song centers around a liquified bass line and building chorus. Subtle orchestrations add grandiose energy to a song that examines the tension between desire and restraint. Listen to “Unfaithful” on all digital retailers (here). 

Tyler explains: “This song takes us to the moment before a life-changing decision is made; the one on the precipice of weighing something you deeply want against the fallout of that choice. Regardless of the context, we all live in boxes, but have things we long for outside of them.”

Since making his return with his new EP, Car Alarm, Tyler Anthony opens a new chapter in the Cereus Bright story. Anthony explores a new phase based around the intricacies of day-to-day life. Atwood Magazine praised his new era as a “seductive daydream.”


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 20 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.”

After signing to Nettwerk, Cereus Bright returned with Car Alarm. In four-songs, Bright examines the mundanity of life through artful arrangements that hear subtle saxophones on “Chasing the Feeling,” warm violins on the road-trippin’ “Seven Wonders,” and modest auto-tune on “Car Alarm.” This welcomed evolution starts a new, more cerebral chapter for the artist. He metabolizes philosophy and existentialism into wide open arrangements and poetic lyricism.

Stay tuned for more from Cereus Bright. 

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