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"Evokes a wide array of inspirations to create a vast and intense field of sounds. Christopher Bono constructs a darkly spiritual aura in this post-rock inspired composition." -- Stereogum
Woodstock, NY band Ghost Against Ghost and director Craig Murray premiere the short film
Checkpoint Charlie today via The Creators Project. The elaborate and beautifully shot music video accompanies a remix of the work by film score mixer Satoshi Noguchi and Ghost Against Ghost's Christopher Bono. Watch and share Checkpoint Charlie HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE and Vimeo HERE.)
Checkpoint Charlie is a dramatic, dreamy experiment in lush, dark, romantic harmonies and grating, headsplitting noise. Composed and produced by Ghost Against Ghost frontman Christopher Bono, the epic work features the Czech FILMharmonic string orchestra alongside Bono's strangely ethereal vocals and production, with moments of thunderous drumming by Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Trash Talk, Suicidal Tendencies).
Craig Murray, known for his experimental films and videos for Mogwai and Converge, proved a perfect collaborator for Bono's music. "I'd been looking for a music video that would let my shots breathe and immerse the viewer," Murray says. "Unlike the usual barrage of shots cut to a beat in most music videos these days."
Checkpoint Charlie is a piece from Ghost Against Ghost's upcoming Dark-Romantic conceptual album, Oia. A two-hour saga, Oia is a meditation on love and separation from it. The album outlines a vast, emotional arc that examines the nature and definition of love, moving from the heart-wrenching experience of separation -- a result of love fixated on one human or object -- to the realization of a superior form of love discovered through empirical insight and liberation from fixation. It marks the darkest and most melancholic point on the album but is soon resolved on the full length release. The Checkpoint Charlie music is available to hear and share via Bandcamp.
The two parts to Checkpoint Charlie depicted in the film are described thusly:
Part 1 is a lush and beautiful piece, unique in its use of the orchestra against synths, vocals and ambience. Drawing on the influence of late romantic and neo-romantic composers alongside psychedelic, progressive and post-rock influences, the movement is a fascinating fusion of orchestral writing and post-rock tendencies.
Part 2 "The Descent" portrays the psychological descent into hell that is experienced when one is cut off from a fixated object of love. The consistent, dissonant, droning waves of "The Descent" are designed to cut into the listener psychologically and voice the sense of persistent darkness that abounds in the experience of despair once the terror of heartbreak sets in.
Stereogum recently premiered the lead track to the latest Ghost Against Ghost EP, Unarm HERE.
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.
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