John Ghost‘s Airships Are Organisms, released in 2019, made it our Album Picks of the Year then and remains a favourite album. So we’re thrilled to know the extraordinary Ghent based instrumental sextet are following it up with a new full-length album titled Thin Air . Mirror Land. John Ghost never cease to stroll the path of inventiveness and adventure, and the upcoming Thin Air . Mirror Land has “a slightly more sombre tone, focussing on a broader range of instruments and an emphasis on percussive elements”, as the press release describes. The album “is a musical urge for introspection in a chaotic reality, and a longing to reconnect with a natural environment.”
As with their previous record, the band enlisted Jørgen Træen (Jaga Jazzist, Kaizers Orchestra, Hubro, Sondre Lerche) to handle production duties. Guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, who helms the outfit, cites a spectrum of influences such as Hans Zimmer, György Ligeti, Magma, The Residents, Disasterpeace, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Do Make Say Think, William Basinski, and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Both the album and the song titles are inspired by Edvard Munch’s painting “The Storm” (1893).
Thin Air . Mirror Land arrives on October 6th through Sdban Records but John Ghost are already teasing it with ‘The Dimmed’. If the single is is anything to go by, we just can’t for October to come.