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Ghost On Ghost
Following 2011â€™s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at number two on the US Billboard chart, Ghost on Ghost is to be the fifth studio album from Austin-based Sam Beam.
While Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that â€œpop music hadnâ€™t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens,â€ and Pitchfork said it â€œmore closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s â€”Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadâ€, Beam felt it time to move from what he called the â€œanxious tensionâ€ from this record and his previous one (The Shepherdâ€™s Dog). â€œThis record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last fewâ€, he says.
Recorded in New York and produced by Beamâ€™s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats), helping achieve Beamâ€™s vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger of Tin Hat Trio, Steve Bernstein, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, and Briggan Krauss of Sex Mob, jazz drummer Brian Blade, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes of the Jazz Passengers, bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan's band), cellist Marika Hughes, Maxim Moston and Doug Wieselman of Antony and the Johnsons, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost.
For the albumâ€™s cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series Private Views by noted photographer Barbara Crane.
1 Caught In The Briars3.12
2 The Desert Babbler3.27
4 Low Light Buddy Of Mine3.30
5 Grace For Saints And Ramblers3.36
6 Grass Widows2.53
7 Singers And The Endless Song3.39
8 Sundown (Back In The Briars)2.18
9 Winter Prayers3.12
10 New Mexico's No Breeze4.28
11 Lovers' Revolution5.40
12 Baby Center Stage5.55