Like their close capital-city cousins the Phoenix Foundation, Ghostplane have a rare ability - they don't just deliver a bunch of songs, they create their own sound world.‚And they do so without breaking into a sweat. There's something neatly effortless about Ghostplane's approach.Sure, their guitars can surge big and noisy when the mood takes them, as it does on Southern Hill and when they're doing elegant country-surf'n'tremolo things elsewhere. But most of this is art-rock - with alt-country trappings - that does imaginative things with its many spaces rather than filling them with decibels.‚That makes most of Beneath the Sleepy Lagoon both gentle and unsettling, a hushed after-dark kind of album.‚All that melancholy mood comes with some lovely songs. Among the most graceful are the hushed hymnal Wash of Gold and Guided by Lights.
1 The Sleepy Lagoon ‚