Some groups slowly mature over time making subtle changes with each album. Five albums later the band has evolved into something bigger and greater. Gungor successfully makes this jump in one album. Their first album as “Gungor” (which was Grammy nominated) had some of the elements you’ll hear on Ghosts Upon The Earth, but it was pretty much a worship album.
Has anyone else made a chamber pop album in Christian music? Gungor does it and hits a home run in the process. It’s like Sufjan, Sigur Ros, & Bon Iver came to church. Innovative lush melodies are bathed in strings and given legs with insightful lyrics. There’s just so many instruments used on this album.
Ghosts starts off with the song Let There Be with Michael’s wife Lisa singing. She seemed to play a more complementary role in the past. Now, she’s opening the album & plays a more crucial role. This first song seems to be a story of Creation.
The only song that’s probably suited to be a single is Brother Moon. When they reach the line “You are everything good, You are everything beautiful”, you’ve already made an amazing journey in just a few short minutes. Ghosts Upon The Earth is an album, not a collection of catchy singles. When you listen to this album, do it all at once. If you try to pick and choose singles off itunes, you’ll miss the experience.
It’s one of the best albums of the year, if not the best. Worship leaders looking for that next anthem to sing at church aren’t going to find it here. Although, it would be amazing to hear churches incorporate these songs into their sets.
Gungor will be playing Ghosts in it’s entirety at album release shows in Atlanta & Nashville this week.
You can buy Ghosts at Christian retailers, itunes & amazon. You can also listen on spotify. Gungor is on twitter and facebook or at gungormusic.com