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Albums Of The Week: Ghosts Of Jupiter | Keepers Of The Newborn Green

Vintage psychedelia is spiked with topical lyrics in the Boston outfit's third album.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Ghosts of Jupiter’s third independent release Keepers of the Newborn Green is the followup to their critically acclaimed 2016 release The Great Bright Horses. The Boston neo-psychedelic rock outfit led by singer/composer and multi-instrumentalist Nate Wilson return with a sharply honed expansion on their varied sound, running the musical gamut between pastoral acid-tinged folk, mellotron and flute-laden prog explorations, ethereal vocal melodies steeped in lyrical mysticism, combined with a menacing dose of A Saucerful of Secrets-era Pink Floyd.

The 10 songs on Keepers Of The Newborn Green were mixed and engineered by bassist Thomas Lada, utilizing the band’s mobile and home recording equipment during 2020’s pandemic. GoJ’s drummer Tom Arey (Peter Wolf, J. Geils Band) supplied the basic tracks at the band’s studio in Allston, MA, and all other elements were compiled remotely. Guitarist Adam Terrell recorded most of his parts from his home studio in VA, while Wilson worked on vocals, keyboards, guitar and flute tracks at his home in Worcester.

Thematically the album reflects some of the unavoidable political upheaval of the past few years — Villians juxtaposes earthy medieval folk sounds with a critique of the toxic segmented realities created by modern media. Other songs such as Imperium Waves and On Bending Tides reflect the emotionally cathartic side effects born of the interruptions of our daily lives in 2020. Sea of Madness examines the influence of conspiracy theories, misinformation and anti-science sentiment that has made its way to the forefront of modern culture in recent years.

Since forming in 2011, Ghosts Of Jupiter have released two albums and an EP. In 2012 the band teamed up with Boston’s Museum of Science to create Ghosts Of Jupiter: Music Experience, a music and animation project that recalled the laser-light shows of classic rock’s yesteryear. The show ran for over a year at the Charles Haydyn Planetarium an was featured at planetarium festivals in Auckland and Boulder. Ghosts Of Jupiter have appeared live with Blue Öyster Cult, moe., Robert Randolph, Dead Meadow and The Buffalo Killers.”