Review by David K Frampton at handmademythology.tumblr.com
Peace For Old Ghosts ‘The Ladder EP’
It has been a low key, but regular, joy of mine receive and sometimes release the music of Peace For Old Ghosts. In fact that joy seems to increase with each new offering, whether his first ‘Likewise’ EP, his self released ‘Great Clock Spell EP’ up to the wonderful ‘Dawn Chorus’. But this new creation is a different beast and ploughs a new furrow. The sound is darker, brooding in places, with coarse lines of feedback piercing the melodic space. In fact..until the climactic last minute we don’t know which is going to win; the sensuous visual arrangements or a new caustic explosion of sharp and violent drone. Thrillingly the EP leaves us at a precipise asking us to hit the repeat. The EP sails in..it sounds a bit dusty and cloud, before throwing some pleasingly electronic touches that anchor the songs. With each new set, PFOG enter into texture with more abandon. This happens here with Simon Shippey’s deft coaxing of heavyweight drones into central epic ‘Between You And Me’. Which, given the circumstances that led to the recording, is one the EP’s most harrowing songs and also one of it’s best. The songs unfurls gradually before the grit and anguish fully express themselves in masterful noise maelstrom.