Blacktop is the independent recording project of Milwaukee-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Austin Wood. Blacktop draws from a large pool of influence – from Ethiopian jazz and Latin rhythms of the 1960-70s to modern pop and alternative artists such as levitation room, Babe Rainbow, Skinshape, Loving, and Kate Bollinger. With nearly all recording, mixing, and production being done in Wood’s home studio, the music of Blacktop is adorned with gentle and dreamy vocals, washed-out guitars, and acoustic percussion and rhythmic elements. The project’s core is rooted in the spiritual and Zen philosophy of dwelling in the present moment, mindfulness, and impermanence. Blacktop is able to be heard through the airwaves on 889 Radio Milwaukee, and is featured on Lilliput Record’s “Local Milwaukee Showcase”. Blacktop’s latest full-length release, “Gardening is a Practice, Not an Idea”, is set to be released independently on September 1st, 2023.