The Mighty Ghosts brim with adventurousness and maturity in their sixth full-length release, Aberdeen. With the addition of drums and a focus on original songs, the Ghosts release their most ambitious record to date.
The album, recorded by Jason Roark at Torchsinger (Pete Krebs, Sassparilla Jug Band) in Portland, OR, is a unique blend of folk rock and Americana with hints of jug band blues, classic country, bluegrass, and old-time. Inspired by the experimental, original, and inventive musicians of the early recording era, the Ghosts add their own unique sound to this tradition.
The album started as an attempt to link a bunch of traditional songs together to form a story. As the project progressed, some original songs were written to fill in the gaps. Before long the original songs outnumbered the traditional, and the bandıs sound expanded farther and farther from string band music. The songs on the record range from the somber and delicate ³Aberdeen², to raucous bluesy stomps like ³The Type Of Gals I Know². The result is a heady mix that blurs the lines between traditional and original, vintage and contemporary, personal and narrative. Sounds vary from classic country to jug band blues, jazz, hillbilly music and early rock n roll. Though the songs were born as part of a linear story, the resulting album leaves itself open to interpretation, allowing the lyrical imagery room to breathe.
Aberdeen features a stellar cast of guest musicians, including Jen Bernard (The Stolen Sweets), Cory Gray (Carcrashlander), Erik Clampitt (Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck), and Linnea Spitzer (Greasy Chain String Band). The album is release on CD and LP formats.