By DJ Astrocreep

Artwork for Shade Without Color by Ghost ToastWith their third release, Ghost Toast seem to be reflecting upon the age we live in, in what could almost be a punk style rebellion in a very non-punk music styling. With song titles such as ‘Get Rid Of’, ‘Leaders’ and ‘Reaper Man’, there feels like there is a look at wider global issues, almost a forbearing of current world events, while the music takes you on a journey almost through the stars and back to

The use of clever quotes to illustrate their points in songs serves them well, providing the context for you to follow and setting to rest some of my concerns at the lack of real vocals through this release. With this extra focal point, it elevates the album from what would still be a highly accomplished piece, written and performed in a stunning manner and adds that little extra magic powder into the mix, making it something extra special and very much worth the time and listens to start to fully appreciate what a magnificent release this is.

Of the singles, ‘Get Rid Of’ and ‘Leaders’ are probably the two most striking tracks on the album, as well as being the first two songs, making an immediate impression on you. While ‘Get Rid Of’ focuses on the louder end of their spectrum, closer to post-rock in a feeling that definitely pervades through the full album, ‘Leaders’ talks about the corruption and fallacy of power – indeed a powerful topic – and one that purveys an almost punk rebellion aspect to music that is everything punk is not usually applied.

There is a strong sense of cinematic themes in the music, beyond just the aforementioned clips of speeches used for song emphasis, with it all feeling expansive. In parts highly delicate, such as the other single ‘Chasing Time’, whilst the loud/soft aspect is there throughout, applied in a rather intriguing stylism, there is always a palpable sense of power, even on the more delicate aspects of their music. The layering and production are both incredible and further illustrate quite how tight the entire time is around this release, which only further highlights just how much more attention they deserve.

While there is a clear merging of both space rock and progressive themes, it definitely slides across the border into post-rock territory. I can see Ghost Toast sitting alongside Alex Henry Foster as some of the incredible post-rock talents currently burgeoning through on to the world stage, vying for the master’s crown despite their career together being still at such a tender time. A very strong release, of true merit, that deserves to garner Ghost Toast much further, wider attention than they currently receive.

‘Shade Without Color’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

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