You might know this band from their recent voyage across North America while on tour with Portishead. Or you might be like me, and have absolutely no idea who these folks are. This is their sophomore release and it’s a welcome hello as this stuff caught me by damn nice surprise!
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THOUGHT FORMS - GHOST MOUNTAIN LTD EDITION BLUE VINYL LP
all copies ordered exclusively through Invada will come with a bonus art print hand made by the bands Charlie Romijn - this offer is exclusive to INVADA customers and nowhere else.
Thought Forms : Ghost Mountain
It takes all of the first 80 seconds of Bristol trio Thought Forms second album, Ghost Mountain, to realize that this is a group who have moved on substantially from their debut of three years ago. Indeed, if their self-titled debut in 2009 was about finding the dynamic limits of their atmospheric sound, gently prodding and probing varying elements, then the huge great slab of guitar that greets you instantly on their follow-up roars with the confidence of a band whoâve found their level from which to fully explore their creative expression.
Charlie Romijn (guitars / vocals), Deej Dhariwal (guitars / vocals) and Guy Metcalfe (drums) have already made their mark live â cultivating a colossal sound that bands twice their number would struggle to re-create - with appearances at ATP Festival Iâll Be Your Mirror and a US tour support slot with Portishead in 2011. Indeed, with a recent support tour with Geoff Barrowâs Beak> and, of course, putting Ghost Mountain out on Invada, thereâs clearly a strong link to their fellow Bristolians â more so when you consider that Portishead live member Jim Barr produced the new record. Barrâs input was vital, says the groupâs Charlie Romijn: âHe totally understood what we're about and where we are coming from,â she explains. âHe really helped us to develop our ideas, enhancing or changing songs we werenât sure about. We completely trusted him and he's really pushed us further than we'd have managed on our own.â
Though the group have fans in Portishead, donât allow the link to act as any indication of their sound. The album veers between two opposites, from brisk, scuzzy American garage-rock influenced numbers to brutal, anguished noise constructions of ethereal doom, where it feels like theyâre tapping into a similar dark psyche to groups like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Circle. With a psych slant too informing tracks like âAfonâ and âBurn Me Cleanâ â where vocals are almost as though a ritualistic call to on high â the scope of Ghost Mountainâs sonic terrain is vast, the result of a varied approach to song writing where wholes form out of group jams â in the case of âBurn Me Cleanâ from an improvised set supporting Master Musicians Of Bukkake â or from the chrysalis of an idea presented by just one of the trio.
Itâs a clear move away from their debut album, though retaining the groupâs penchant for creating vast atmospheres; yet Romijn doesnât feel their approach has altered too much, just that renewed confidence has allowed them to commit to their processes more resolutely. âThe odd thing is that the songs on Ghost Mountain are of similar lengths to those on the self-titled album, yet they feel more directâ she says. âMaybe itâs because thereâs now a lot more vocals and clearer lyrics involved â something thatâs definitely come through increased confidence. Additionally maybe we've had more patience in developing the tracks over time, playing around with the structures and instrumentations a lot more until they felt right.â
Thematically, the group are coy on the albumâs meanings, though what is clear is that subject matters are extremely personal to a tight-knit band who consider each other âfamilyâ. What they do give away is somewhat cryptic; the albumâs title comes from a gigantic mountain range as big as the Alps thatâs hidden under the Antarticâs ice and snow; song titles are a little more illustrative, both in theme and in clues as to the groupâs influences. âAfonâ is Welsh for river, the group explaining that it âspeaks to us of connections and something which eternally changes yet remaining the same at the coreâ; âOnly Hollowâ is a tip of the cap to My Bloody Valentineâs âOnly Shallowâ. Then thereâs âOâ, called that because of the shape of the letter, the group using it to represent what they call âa circle of negativityâ.
Negativity would suggest a bleakness to this album, and whilst in much of Ghost Mountainâs fire and brimstone there is plenty that could be construed as despair, the abrasion in it suggests something more conflicted; a battle between shades of dark and light, universal but potent battles between love and hate, of hope and loss. When flung together with the power that Thought Forms has, it makes for a quite formidable proposition.
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