Friday, April 7, 2017

"Substantial work of art", "cathartic masterwork" -- reviews for Ghost Against Ghost's forthcoming album. New single out today

"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

"A substantial work of art." -- Arctic Drones

"Cathartic soul-bearing space prog masterwork." -- Prog Magazine

Woodstock, NY band Ghost Against Ghost share the title track from their forthcoming epic album still love today via The Obelisk. Alongside Obelisk editor JJ Koczan's insightful album review highlighting the full length's "stylistic ambition and melodic depth," the song is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Ahead of the album's April 14th release, reviews have been praising the epic album's musical and emotional complexity. Arctic Drones takes an in-depth look at what it calls "a substantial work of art," HERE. UK print tome Prog Magazine deems it a "masterwork" HERE

Tiny Mix Tapes breaks down recent single "Unarm" HEREMetal Injection recently featured album track "Resume" HERE.

Ghost Against Ghost will release their first full length album on April 14, 2017 via Our Silent Canvas. Pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp. This 65 minute LP weaves themes of love, heartbreak, and betrayal into monolithic synth-driven space-rock, with inspiration as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Sigur Ros, Vangelis and Pink Floyd

Writer and producer Christopher Bono utilizes his classical background to sculpt this expansive and engaging series of compositions, contrasting heavy walls of sound with ambient passages, contemporary classical and experimental electronic influences.  Bono collaborated with Thomas Pridgen, whose drumming credits include the likes of The Mars Volta, Trash Talk, Suicidal Tendencies and Memorials. The album's enveloping sound also contains special contributions by ambient guitarist Anthony Molina, the multi-instrumentalist famous for playing with Mercury Rev, and otherworldly choral sections featuring vocalists Jamie Rae, Stacie Bono and Michele Kennedy. 

While in the midst of completing the yet unfinished Ghost Against Ghost concept album, Oia, front man Christopher Bono was unexpectedly struck by a psychologically disorienting family tragedy in the spring of 2014 forcing him back into the writing studio to process this new trauma through music. Over the following months, Bono reflected on the confusion and internal conflict that resulted when the life he knew was ripped apart by disturbing revelations of a shocking betrayal and a Pandora's Box of dark, misaligned secrets. To dig further into the heart of the experience, he based the lyrical point of view from that of the female victim, his mother. 

The album also comes in two versions, the audiophile version which is more dynamic and quieter, and a louder master that appeals on a more commercial level. About the production process Bono says, "as a producer, I'm continuously exploring vintage, analogue gear and instruments contrasted with the precise benefits of modern, digital techniques and equipment. Simultaneously, as a composer, I see the pros and cons of the analogue-digital domains similarly to the differences found in writing and arranging for acoustic versus electronic instruments.  In both cases there is a colourful beauty created when the different production styles and sound worlds are blended in unexpected ways." 

VICE's The Creator's Project also recently premiered the short film directed by Craig Murray (Mogwai, Converge) for the remix Ghost Against Ghost song "Checkpoint Charlie." Watch HERE

For full biography on Ghost Against Ghost and Christopher Bono, please CLICK HERE.

Artist: Ghost Against Ghost
Album: still love
Label: Our Silent Canvas
Release Date: April 14th, 2017

01. Son of Cessiphus
02. Still Love
03. A Relapse of Remembrance
04. The River of the Intimate, Pt. 1
05. The River of the Intimate, Pt. 2
06. Resume
07. You Secret Ocean
08. Unarm
09. Guerison

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