Versus The Ghost is the debut album of the eponymous British post rock group, released on April 21. Despite the colossal length of almost seventy eight minutes, the record, being ardently loyal to the traditional musical layer of the genre, has only seven long, but incredibly well-conceived tracks: Home, Far Away, Burning Skies, Deserts & Night Visions, Map of Lights, The Great Ascend, Vastness of Nowhere and Safe Here. A marvelous, complex and delicately sensible artistic record, Versus The Ghost summarizes perfectly the most iconic, gentle and discreet elements of post rock. With wonderfully sculpted and laboriously shaped melodies, the reflexive and philosophical musical atmosphere of the work extrapolates with glamorous virtuosity the transcendental horizons of the expansively intrinsic colorful rainbows intrinsic to the anatomy of the songs, deliberately standardizing at the flexible invincibility of the sonorous artistry the formidable melodic proposal shaped by the group. With a legitimate confidence, that divides the clouds in the sky of its own gregarious rhythms, Versus The Ghost has conceived a miraculously beautiful work of post rock.
In a dimensional path of infinitely unbound and unrestrained creativity, each and every track can be described as a fantastically captivating and sentient journey undertook throughout the vicinities of one’s soul, where demagogies are incisively severed by the complete understanding of all the elements that are integral to our inherent humanity. A beautiful and everlasting song like Map of Lights not only touches the deepest kindness of our soul, but at the same time rebuild with a flagrant and joyful despondency the atmospheres of your innocent forgotten dreams.
Each track has its own beauty, and has the power to evoke different galaxies and different majesties, although they are intertwined by common elements, that generally can be defined as the discreet linear basis of the band’s musical style. With an imponderable and formidably strong sense of serenity, the calm, peaceful and warm tranquility that delineates the pungent, but remarkably sincere and susceptible melodies of the songs transports the listener to a more versatile and profound universe, directly to a place where everything can be found perfectly correlated with a faithful emotional sense of intensity.
An interesting masterpiece, amazingly coherent, graceful, lucid and monumental, that has a latent technical precision and a seriously solid sense of cohesion between the tracks – revealing an impeccable degree of musical abilities –, showcasing a brilliant and lucid style that not only honors post rock deeply, but develops a very interesting set of new paths for the genre, Versus The Ghost, the album and the band as well, are probably the best thing that happened to post rock this year. With all these unbelievable qualities, they certainly have everything to consolidate a majestic career, from this point onwards.