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Magnetic Ghost

Loss Molecules

Review by Gary Hill

I'm guessing some will argue with this landing under prog rock. It's certainly art rock, or perhaps post prog (whatever that means). The truth is, this is trippy stuff. It has a lot of psychedelia built into it along with shoegaze, prog and much more. It's classy stuff from start to finish.


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Track by Track Review
Vanish / Vanishing

A droning bass opens this, and the cut gradually works out from there. Noisy sounds emerge after a bit. It's like a stoner metal take on early Pink Floyd in some ways. It drops way back for the vocal movement. There are some cool trippy layers of vocals built into it. This is like the best of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and stoner rock pulled together into a progressive rock kind of tapestry. I really love some of the vocal arrangements on this thing. It's a slowly evolving jam that's so cool, too.

Medecine
With a lot of psychedelia built into it, there is a rather unsettling dream quality to much of the early segments here. This isn't as dynammic as the opener. Nor does it get as loud and rocking. It's a cool cut, though.
Grand Canyon
This has a mellower opening segment and a more rocking later movement. It's definitely in the trippy sort of shoe-gaze soundfield. I like it a lot.
Sleeping is Believing
Noisy, and yet trippy, this is a great merging of space music and shoegaze.
Landfill
A bit more mainstream in some ways, this has some hard-edged, noisy bits. It's a classy tune that's among the most dynamic. Shoe-gaze and psychedelia are merged into a progressive rock structure. This is one of my favorites here.
Total Eclipse of the Sun
This is another of the more dynamic numbers. It's a steadily growing piece that's dreamy and trippy. I like it a lot, too.
 
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