Ghost at the End of the World[CD]
Marrying complex, lyric driven songwriting with everything from muscular rock to mellow folk, Seattle's The Mass Magicians were born during the recording of what would have been a second solo release by singer-songwriter Christopher Stewart. Wanting to stretch beyond his previous sound based in guitar and voice, but without any other colors on his palette, Christopher quickly painted himself into a corner. He reached out to some friends for help. With multi-instrumentalist Ben Dietzen (Poorsport, Hello Karma) on board, the sparse acoustic arrangements of Christopher's simple songs quickly grew into a full record and with the addition of drummer Ian Borak (Osmosis), the band blossomed and gave fruit. 'Calling The Mass Magicians indie rock wouldn't be wrong, but it would be like naming a forest after one of the trees that grows in it.' says Christopher. Trying to describe it further, he muses, 'Remember how everyone freaked out when [Bob] Dylan plugged in? Well, we kinda sound like... well, like if everybody freaked out over Elliott Smith doing the same thing... Only, he did and they didn't. So, I guess we don't sound anything like that either.' These incoherent analogies become prophetically clear in listening to the band's April 2009 debut release 'A Ghost at the End of the World', where the roots of many musical styles run deep. With bizarre soundscapes like the title track, the Ween-esque humor-rock of 'Mexican Pony Ride', the bouncy piano-pop of 'She Will', and the folk-metal mess of 'Emergency', the true nature of The Mass Magicians emerges. It's a beautiful, jarring, ebullient musical amusement ride where the vagaries of being human are presented in a deep field of focus... and like many amusement rides, it's not for children and it's not for everybody, but it is for reals.
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