“Evokes a wide array of inspirations to create a vast and intense field of sounds. Bono constructs a darkly spiritual aura in this post-rock inspired composition." — Stereogum
Woodstock, NY band Ghost Against Ghost premiere the lead track to the forthcoming Unarm EP today via Stereogum. Hear and share "Unarm" HERE.
Ghost Against Ghost is fronted by composer and producer Christopher Bono, with musical contributions by guitarist Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev) and drummer Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Trash Talk) and various other musicians.
Unarm is the second thunderous opus in the band's dark-romantic conceptual series of releases. It focuses on the transformation of dark/negative energy into a positive/life-giving energy by referencing and reflecting on the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Tonglen, in which the practitioner envisions taking on a thick black cloud of smoke consisting of the pain and suffering of a concentrated other, and exhaling a stream of golden light that saturates the body and mind of the recipient with peace, wisdom and resolution.
The first track entitled, “Your Secret Ocean” is a dense web of swelling modular synths and otherworldly electronic noises over waves of electric bass that places the listener in a strange, unresolved landscape, navigating an inexplicable swim through a conflicted and confused human consciousness.
The ambient shoegaze world of the title track “Unarm” showcases Bono’s complex and varied dream-like production. Bono’s operatic post-rock songwriting utilizes dense walls of guitars, ambient synths, and washed out vocals along with the diverse talents of two drummers. Jason Molina (Dead Heart Bloom, Longwave) provides the downtempo rock groove for the first half and Thomas Pridgen enters 6 minutes into the 8.5 minute track to lay down driving, colossal beats that carry through to the heavy climactic ending.
With the Unarm EP, Ghost Against Ghost continues to showcase their unique combination of monolithic, dynamic post-rock, but here expanding further into melodic experimentalism along the lines of Peter Gabriel’s and Brian Eno’s early solo work, building to heavy climaxes reminiscent of Spiritualized and Muse. Unarm is the third release for Ghost Against Against and is slated for release January 22, 2016 via Our Silent Canvas.
Ghost Against Ghost's previous release, still love EP is available to hear and share HERE. For full biography on Ghost Against Ghost and Christopher Bono, please CLICK HERE.
Artist: Ghost Against Ghost
Album: Unarm EP
Label: Our Silent Canvas
Release Date: January 22nd, 2016
01. Your Secret Ocean [8:39]
02. Unarm [8:28]
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