Friday, September 27, 2019

John Ghost "Airships Are Organisms"

Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelSdban Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
1. Deconstructing Hymns (13:09)
2. Airships Are Organisms (5:35)
3. Disfunctional Rabbits: The Disfunct (5:20)
4. Disfunctional Rabbits: The Rabbits (4:18)
5. The Fallen Colony (7:29)
6. Time//Traveler (7:23)
7. Drones For A Sunken Mothership (8:00)

Total Time 51:14

Rob Banken: reeds
Wim Segers: vibraphone
Jo De Geest: electric guitar
Karel Cuelenaere: keys
Lieven Van Pee: bass;
Elias Devoldere: drums

Created around the Ghent guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, the Belgian sextet draw on influences from jazz, rock and post-classical music, where minimalism, electronics and a cinematic atmosphere characterize their instrumental music.
When it came to recording the album, John Ghost searched for a balance between the venturous, accessible and playful character of jazz music, in which John Ghost has its origins, and a carefully thought out selection process with the production, with a sharp eye and ear for detail. Seemingly simple earwigs are underpinned by driving undertones that inspire harmonic twists and a rhythmic and melodic stratification, that often results in a very danceable soundtrack.
Tracks like 13-minute album opener ‘Deconstructing Hymns’, keep a fine balance between moments of abstraction and repetition while recent single ‘Disfunctional Rabbits: The Disfunction’ is an intoxicating, dreamy soundscape that alternates between balanced jazz fluctuations and space-like grooves.
Elsewhere, the idiosyncratic ‘The Fallen Colony’, spirals into a progressive narrative of experimentation and improvisation, a common thread throughout large parts of John Ghost’s music, before the haunting ‘Drones For a Sunken Mothership’, combines soaring bowed melodies and broken beats that is not only mesmeric but filled with breathtaking majesty. 

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