Release Date: Jan 23, 2007
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Japan's Ghost has always been a truly enigmatic kind of rock band. From the beginning, they've only recorded when they felt it was necessary, and only when they had something utterly new to say. In other words, there isn't a set Ghost sound. They turn themselves inside out on each recording, and no two sound the same.
Review Summary: Ghost once again release a solid reflection on folk, noise, and music in general.Ghost is a band that belongs in an interesting group of bands in my head. While the actual idea of Japanese people combining psychedelic rock with acid folk is one I enjoy a lot, the actually delivery of the band always leaves something to be desired. I couldn’t say I don't enjoy any of Ghost's discography, but I don't think I could say I'm in love with any of it either.
In Stormy Nights is a monster, both in style and length. Acid folk rambles share space with flights of improvising fancy and stomping crucibles of world-angst, making for an hour of willful genre-melt and satisfying ear-burn. The two sections of “Motherly Bluster” mine the modular composition and simple melodic phrases for a deft opener, a nimble-footed romp that primes a listener’s eardrums.