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New York's Ghostbound are relatively new in the scene, having debuted in 2018 with the album All is Phantom. Frontman Alec Head has a clean, operatic style that lends itself to a lot of nuance, and their impressive arrangements blend black metal and post-metal with elements of post-punk and art rock.

Formed in New York in 2017, Ghostbound are the brainchild of singer/guitarist Alec Head. Their first album, 2018's All is Phantom, was the culmination of over a decade of work by Head at refining the lyrics and song structures, during which time he played in several other New York bands, including the critically-acclaimed Kosmodemonic. Head recorded and played most of the instruments on All is Phantom on his own, later recruiting a backing band to perform the material live. This live unit soon wrote and recorded a maritime-themed follow-up EP, slyly titled Extended Play for my Sweet Mary Thyme.

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Extended Play for My Sweet Mary Thyme
Ghostbound Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sabbacc108

— First review of this album —
4 stars An excellent follow-up to their debut, Extended Play For My Sweet Mary Thyme is a nautical-themed song cycle. Opening and closing with the sound of waves, the album can be seen as an endless loop---this is reflected in the lyrics. Meditations on love and loss fill the tracks, with both opening track "And We Are Already At Sea" and the following track, "Ada, Age of Eight" contemplating the passage from life to death, and how that transition affects those left behind. "The Bosun's Lament" depicts a crew of doomed sailors, who seem to sail for eternity without ever reaching their destination. The closing two tracks, "For My Sweet Mary Thyme," and "Seaward," are both moody and epic instrumentals, their musical passages echoing the themes of the previous tracks. Throughout the record, Ghostbound play up contrasts, with frenetic tremolo-picked arpeggios giving way to smooth swells of chorused chords; gentle, finger-picked passages are slammed against walls of thundering distortion; black-metal blast beats walk incongruously arm-in-arm with laid-back jazz grooves on the kit. Nevertheless, while the first album had an occasionally piecemeal quality (inevitably due to its basis as a solo project by singer-songwriter Alec Head), this EP shows the work of a full band who have gelled their talents into a satisfying whole. Even the most idiosyncratic turns of the arrangements all eventually show an inner logic that helps to nestle them together like the carefully-crafted puzzle pieces they are.

Like the purgatorial mariners of "The Bosun's Lament," the moment the waves fade at the end of the last track, you may find yourself compelled to return again to the start of your journey.

Thanks to cristi for the artist addition.

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