The great thing about things coming together naturally, is that when they form the bond is effortless, and the result is something more than the sum of its parts. And so Matt Walker and the Lost Ragas arrive with their new album, 'Phantom Ride'.
In 2012, Matt released a stunning record (In Echoes of Dawn) largely recorded, written, arranged, produced and played by himself. Every instrument, every breath, every idea formed over time in his own recording space - the 8 Track Shack. But once you have finished such a project, there are decisions to be made, shows to play, and the road to travel. It’s hard to do this alone. You need a band.
'In Echoes of Dawn' is a gentle record, and as such, the early shows as the Lost Ragas we're tentative, gentle affairs, but over time, the line-up injected new songs, and developed a sound that is familiar and yet totally on its own plane. The live shows came to have moments quiet enough to hear a pin drop, and powerful enough to drive a nail into the ground.
It grew into something much more than just some guys playing another guy’s record. That would have crashed and burned. Walker was brave enough to let everyone make it their own from the outset, and so they did. 'In Echoes of Dawn' is, quite frankly, a record too beautiful to be recreated, and too involved to be copied. So the Lost Ragas didn't walk that path.
And so, 'Phantom Ride' was born. An album put together by four people driven by songs.
The premise was to keep the record simple, keep the takes as live as possible, minimize overdubs, and for each song to have a character of its own but to fit with the rest. When you have a song that can stand up on its own, it is surely the musicians' purpose to stay out of the way, do only what is required and allow it to do what it will. I think if you asked any of the Lost Ragas, they would all say that that is one of the true pleasures of being in the band. No one is stepping on anyone else.
Unless, of course, that is what's required... the Phantom Ride. (Simon Burke)
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In advance of their show supporting Buffalo, Mother Mars bring their fuzzed-out riffs, stoner grooves and psychedelic adventures with detours through the valley of doom to the 2ser Studios...
They are heavy, they play loud... Mother Mars Live in Session will be one not to miss !!