Ghost Plants Thuja

Shades of musical dissonance comprise this beautifully abstract instrumental album, which moves from astructural sounds to vestiges of recognisable melodies. Tending a bit to the eerie side, Thuja has piano, percussion and guitar, along with other difficult to identify noises and non sequitur domestic sound clutter, instilling a sense of walking into a long abandoned bar where the ghosts of musicians-past still engage in unearthly yet beautiful playing. There is a lot that can be appreciated on this album, the way one looks at a blurry 3D image, where everything seems like cluttered confusion until that breathtaking moment where you grasp what the image is trying to convey, while also appreciating the depth that goes with it. The musicians of Ghost Plants seem to have gone through some serious emotional navigation to come up with these gems. Sadly, none of these songs have names, although they are improvised. One gorgeous piece in particularly has a weighty melancholic feel that retains such longing that it could be a love song by one of the ghosts in that imaginary abandoned bar. (Emperor Jones)