This was one of those weeks where listening habits kind of went out the window. I didn't listen to much of anything new. Or I did, but I've been so wrapped up in the story that I'm writing, that I barely paid much attention to what I was listening to. At least not enough that I felt comfortable reviewing them. However there were two or three albums that I listened over and over this week. It was a short rotation. That's something I haven't done in a while. I decided for this week to feature one those select albums. Enjoy.
Ghost - Ghost: I purchased this CD in 1996 when I was in my Drag City phase. After a few stunning discoveries on that label, I would typically take a chance on anything released on Drag City. That, along with a strong recommendation from one of my best friends was enough to get me to pick this one up (used, that much I know because of the notch in the case, as that was the NYC record store way of scarring used CDs). Released in 1990, this is the debut album from the Japanese psychedelic band that is still releasing quality albums today.
As followers of the Roundup are aware, I'm a big fan of '70s progressive folk. A lot of that stems from this album, with is very much in that early freak folk tradition. In the early years Ghost was very acoustic. It was some time last week when, out of the blue, I had the sudden urge to listen to this specific album. I hadn't listened to this album of theirs in several years and what a mistake that has been. This is an album sure to fill your head with stories.
Also recommended Ghost albums: Second Time Around; Snuffbox Immanence, Lama Rabi Rabi, and In Stormy Nights (in that order).