Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes
Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes is a collection of gently foreboding psych-folk, anchored as always by Mike\'s unique guitar sound and otherworldly, cracked vocals (think a sedated Daniel Johnson or Wayne Coyne). With Hammond and pump organs now featured prominently in the mix, much of the new material here sits on a thick, saturated foundation of shifting tones, drones and sustained chordings.
Alternating between vocal tunes and instrumentals, the album creaks and cascades through hazed visions of cataclysm and calm, worry and wonder. \"Beau Village\", a dirge-like, slow-motion sea-shanty, offers an unsettled promise of safe harbour - quickly undermined by \"The Orchard\", which conjures a hallucinatory confrontation amidst burning fields. \"Haunted Pluckley\" is a twangy, twilight lullaby (the album title is pulled from this track\'s lyric), \"Hechicero Del Bosque\" finds the full band building to a controlled climax, and a brilliant Bee Gees cover (\"Holiday\") closes the album. In between these singing songs are a clutch of gorgeous instrumentals forged from Mike and Brooke\'s guitar and organ interplay.
Superbly recorded by David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) at The Pines, his studio-cum-performance space near the old port in Montreal, Ghosts Will Come... brims with eerie atmosphere and intimate sonics, and is the most focussed Hrsta record to date.