Haunted House-Blue Ghost Blues


Those expecting an album containing a Lonnie Johnson cover to deliver traditional blues will no doubt be taken aback on hearing these songs. But this is indeed the blues, mutated and delivered with spiritual force. The passion here is slow-burning, but no less affecting for it. Given a chance, these songs will catch hold and only reluctantly let you go.  Reminiscent of The Birthday Party at their rawest, Connors, Burnes and Murgai employ guitars and Indian hand percussion to create what is an undeniably solid, yet continuously strange and shifting, structure, from the depths of which Langille’s wailing cries are allowed to resonate, always seemingly just outside of your grasp, lingering at the edge of your vision, but feeling all the more a presence for this, something transient a human to try to hold onto – albeit not quite a comfort – in the otherwise all-encompassing swell of evolving, but never quite abating, menace, which wraps itself about you, pulses through and becomes you, and refuses to let you go until the last note fades.

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