We often equate the music of Ghost Box Orchestra with some sort of aerial journey. There’s a distinct liftoff that builds the excitement, a middle-ground of cruising altitude, and a landing that usually ends with the listener planting their knees on the soil and kissing the ground. Maybe it’s that swirl of turbulence along the way, maybe it’s that elevated feeling in your headspace that took your mind to strange places, or maybe it’s the Boston band’s sonic chemicals that helped bring you to an unlikely destination. Maybe you just never left in the first place.
Today, Ghost Box Orchestra are set for another journey, announcing new album High Plaine and teasing out a taste of the new record in a dazzling six minutes of desert rock and roll called “Days Are Forever”. The new song isn’t the album’s first single, per se, but it provides a window into the new LP, out May 17 via Evil Hoodoo Records in the United Kingdom.
“The album expands on what we did with the last EP, Sound of (Eternal Now) — familiar themes of ritual, repetition and mediation,” says vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Lassetter. “We’re adding more vocals into the layering, which steps into new territory for us.”
High Plaine is the band’s first proper album since 2013’s still-lethal Vanished, and the new tracks had plenty of time in live settings to find their true rhythm.
“We spent about a year working them out live, so by the time we put it to tape, it felt pretty natural,” adds Lassetter. “The new songs definitely have a fire in their belly.”
High Plaine pre-sale begins next week via Evil Hoodoo’s Big Cartel in the U.K. and Ghost Box Orchestra’s Bandcamp here in the U.S., and the record release party goes down May 15 at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, a mind-warped bill with Dead Meadow and Sand Reckoner.
Listen to “Days Are Forever” below and position yourself skyward.