Ghost Against Ghost, the conceptual rock project of producer/composer Christopher Bono, creates epic and progressive music that draws influence from experimental, contemporary, and traditional classical music. The project began in 2008, after the composer envisioned an as-yet unfinished concept album in a dream. After the dream, Bono delved into musical study, spending seven years in near-hermetic isolation as he struggled to develop the technical foundation necessary to fulfill his vision. The still love EP is the next step in his process, and the first of a three-part LP he aims to release in parts over the next several months.
When making the EP, Bono “was inspired to concoct symphonic walls of sound from analog synths and merge them with monolithic beats.” The result, he told PopMatters, is “a heavy, yet colorful blend of synth driven post-rock” that exists within massive, enveloping soundscapes created with the help of thunderous drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Trash Talk), atmospheric guitarist Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev), and mixer Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Grizzly Bear, Mogwai, Can, Erasure). The song at the center of the EP, “still love,” weaves themes of love, heartbreak, and betrayal into a powerful combination of expansive and explosive synth-driven post-rock in the vein of the Cure circa Disintegration, with dramatic climaxes similar to Vangelis and a touch of David Sylvian-style ambiance. According to Bono, the music is “centered around the theme of heartbreak, betrayal, and the struggle for resolution, acceptance and understanding. The series of EPs leading up to a full length represent my attempts to reconcile a personal tragedy and process the trauma through music.“
“The band combine elements of Pink Floyd, Anathema, and Vangelis, making for a sound that’s both vintage and modern at the same time.”
“Christopher Bono taps into the universal anguish of heartbreak and strips it of adjectives, of metaphors, and gives us a piece of music that sounds like one long, cathartic scream.“
RIYL: Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Swans, Trent Reznor, Pink Floyd, Eluvium, Vangelis, Lou Reed
Recommended Tracks: Track 2 “still love,” Tracks 4-7 “still love radio edits pt. 1-3”
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