Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes
CST048 180gLP • CD • DL
Release date: 25 September 2007
Hrsta (her-shta) is the brainchild of founding Godspeed You! Black Emperor guitarist Mike Moya, who is joined on this third album (the band’s second on Constellation) by Brooke Crouser (Jackie-O Motherfucker) on organs, guitars and various effects. Brooke emerged as the core second member of the band, joining Mike on live dates since 2006, and contributing composition and arrangement on this record. The ever-faithful rhythm section of bassist Harris Newman and drummer Eric Craven provide additional backbone on select songs.
Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes is a collection of gently foreboding psych-folk, anchored as always by Mike’s unique guitar sound and otherworldly, cracked vocals (think a sedated Daniel Johnson or Wayne Coyne). With Hammond and pump organs featured prominently in the mix, much of the material here sits on a thick, saturated foundation of shifting tones, drones and sustained chordings. Alternating between vocal tunes and instrumentals, the album creaks and cascades through hazed visions of cataclysm and calm, worry and wonder. In between singing songs are a clutch of gorgeous instrumentals forged from Mike and Brooke’s guitar and organ interplay.
Superbly recorded by David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) at The Pines, Ghosts Will Come… brims with eerie atmosphere and intimate sonics, and is the most focused Hrsta record to date.
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LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl and comes in a thick printed jacket with 10"x10" artwork insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve.
Mike Moya: guitar, organ, effects, voice
Brooke Crouser: guitar, organs, effects
Harris Newman: bass
Eric Craven: drums
Recorded and mixed at The Pines in Montreal by David Bryant.
Mastered at Grey Market in Montreal by Harris Newman.