Freak-Folk Songwriter Cereus Bright Examines the Mysteries of the Universe on New Single “Horizons”

July 7, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today, Knoxville freak-folk artist Tyler Anthony, better known as Cereus Bright, unveils the warm, contemplative new single “Horizons.” It’s a slight departure from Anthony’s 2021 release Give Me Time, with a faint twinge of psychedelia that calls to mind late-Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, or Damien Jurado. “Horizons” delves into existentialism as Anthony examines the mysteries of the universe. Listen to “Horizons” on all digital retailers (here).

“Horizons” is a nod to the philosophy of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and his theory of liquid modernity. Anthony explains: “He has a metaphor we are all on a plane, and we just realized nobody is flying it. So, where is humanity going? Is anyone in control? What do we do?”

“Horizons” follows the equally thought-provoking “Seven Wonders,” signaling more to come from Cereus Bright.


As a budding indie-folk-pop outfit, Cereus Bright, aka Tyler Anthony, and his rotating band spent almost a decade touring the U.S., opening for elite musicians from diverse styles, from the chamber-folk of The Oh Hellos to the meta-modern country of Sturgill Simpson to the jam-pop of Phillip Phillips – amassing a tight following and honing their unique blend of modern folk and pop. Cereus Bright has received the acclaim of tastemakers like Paste, American Songwriter, The Talkhouse, and Consequence of Sound.

In 2020, eager to explore different sounds and sensibilities, Anthony took a step back and re-evaluated his relationship with music, ultimately pursuing a more fluid and personal version of creativity. Part of Anthony’s re-emergence involved removing himself from the rigors and valleys of professional musicianship, working full-time, and writing songs as he’d first done – in the margins. In 2021, he returned with sophomore LP, Give Me Time – a patient, breathtaking work that intimately explores Anthony’s flaws, rough edges, triumphs, and maturation. 

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

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