March of Ghosts
Delve deeply into the past… apparitions of Haitian war criminals, spectral presences of the Mary Celeste crew, a wraith-like figure of an American soldier who finds himself in our day and the ghost of an English comedy writer unfairly accused of treason march before your very eyes through Gazpacho’s music.
This blending of “classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-progressive folk world rock” as once characterized is a lot more to this than meets the eye. Sublime compositions, supreme tales and a mixture of sadness pangs add up to bring about a variety of feelings to whoever chooses to indulge in it. This is exactly what a listener should do. The more you listen to it, the better you sense how varied the changes in pace are, how greatly the guitars are heard and how enchanting the whole atmosphere is presented through those alluring melodies used. Folk elements are not usually my cup of tea yet, in this case I got a very Irish aura difficult to resist. It is a journey between two worlds, a journey in time…
Consistency in a band is not something you achieve overnight and only when the connection is strong can such an extraordinary work be produced. “Black Lily” is not only one of the best songs released this year but also a most bizarrely beautiful video clip... the artist responsible for both the video and the artwork is Antonio Seijas, who can very well be called a “member” after so many years of co-operation. As for the rest of the songs… they all deserve admiration, thus I will not make any special song recommendations. Most likely, “March of Ghosts” is their best work as yet and frankly… it just can’t be left out of the lists with the Best Albums this year.