Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hungry Ghosts

Tune in this Thursday (Nov 24) from 9 pm to SoundScape for great ambient music on Yarra Valley FM 99.1 or get it streamed live from the website.

This week's feature Ambient group is Hungry Ghosts.

Hungry Ghosts are Melbourne musicians Peter Knight (trumpet); Steven Boyle (percussion).

Knight has worked with Steeleye Span, Way Out West, Tim Hart, Moody Blues, and Frente.

The music of Hungry Ghosts have has been described as lulling minor-key laments that blend a diverse range of stylistic influences into a gorgeous, sad sound built out of electric and acoustic guitars, a variety of tuned percussion, trap kit, fiddle, accordion, and organ. The band takes the Southern gothic sulk of Birthday Party and These Immortal Souls, enlivens it with elements of exotic Eastern-derived sounds layered on top of an instrumental bedding of Dirty Three-style melancholy, and then sends the whole salad out on its own to troop through the spaghetti western world. 

The single "Trying to Lift a Rock With a Bottle on Your Head" builds bullfight-intense crescendos with whining violin cries and subtle hints of percussion into an edgy cinematic atmosphere.

The Goon Show this week will be 'Spon'.

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