Boomkat Product Review:
Long awaited new album from the hugely influential Japanese 5-piece band Ghost - as featured on the cover of this month’s Wire magazine. Ghost have been writing and improvising music for 20 years since they formed in Tokyo during 1984. Featuring an array of instruments ranging from the hurdy gurdy through to Banjo, Recorder, flute, tabla, electric bass, oscilator, lute and the haunting vocal of Masaki Batoh, Ghost have always based their music primarily on the acoustic guitar and where it can lead them musically and spiritually. Having recorded much of their music in buddist temples, churches, ruins, metro, fields, woods and caves, it’s hardly suprising to find that “Hypnotic Underworld” contains a hugely atmospheric quality that guides you through the myriad styles on offer - from the healing minimalism of “Kiseichukan” through to the folk romance of “Paradise” and the speedcore cacophony of “Leave the World” and beyond. Ghost have pieced together a hugely compelling and fascinating new work of post-modern psychedelic soundscaping that comes highly recommended.