CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING ‘Ghost’

Relatively soon after the release of ‘How Do We Want To Live’ it was apparent that Long Distance Calling would have to postpone the planned ‘Seats & Sounds’ tour one more time. It was however possible for the band to play a few live shows towards the end of summer 2020 before concerts became impossible again.

In order not to interrupt the creative flow too much and at the same time bridge the concertless time, the four guys got together in a remote country house to work on a new EP within three days. The result is called ‘Ghost’ and will be released on February 26th via Avoid The Light Records.

‘Ghost’ consists of six songs, which are based on ideas from a three-day jam session and were recorded live. This release has no false bottom and is reminding of the ‘Nighthawk’ EP from 2014, which was done based on a similar approach.

As with ‘How Do We Want To Live’, ‘Ghost’ features electro sounds that the band skillfully integrates into the typical band signature sound. But that was already it with the parallels, because with ‘Ghost’ spontaneity is in the spotlight. Built on a really tight sound, the musical bandwidth on ‘Ghost’ is very wide. On the one hand, there is the calm and easy-going ‘Old Love’, which almost features a lounge vibe. On the other hand, ‘Negative is the New Positive’ is a dark and oppressive finale.

‘Ghost’ proves once again that Long Distance Calling can hardly be categorized. The music, these guys perform, is too diversified and impresses from start to the finish with high-end musical skills. Even on an record that is based on spontaneity, every note and every tone has its purpose. As expected, ‘Ghost’ is another highlight in the so far impressive discography of Long Distance Calling.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Dullahan (Intro)
  2. Old Love
  3. Black Shuck
  4. Seance
  5. Fever
  6. Negative Is The New Positive

Label: Avoid The Light Records

Genre: Post-Rock

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2021

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