Exposé Online banner

Earthling Society — Stations of the Ghost
(4Zero FZ010, 2012, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-04-01

Stations of the Ghost Cover artEarthling Society is a UK psychedelic/space rock band that has been around for the past eight years. They are also one of the bands appearing regularly on Fruits de Mer singles and compilations. Stations of the Ghost is the band's sixth release of psych/space rock/krautrock loveliness, featuring Fred Laird on guitar and vocals, Jon Blacow on drums and percussion, Joe Orban on keyboards, Luis Gutarra on bass, and John Morgan on guitar. The seven songs are a superb mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks. Think of small doses of Meddle-era Pink Floyd, krautrock, and raga rock dusted with a bit of Acid Mothers Temple and you might begin to appreciate what you will hear when you spin this disc. There are no weak spots on this album, but the band really shines on the two 13+ minute tracks, "Child of the Harvest" and "Night of the Scarecrow." They sustain the momentum throughout both songs by constantly shifting the mood, rhythms, and instrumentation (electric vs. acoustic guitars). However, if you are a stickler for lyrics, you may find it a bit of a challenge to understand Fred Laird as his vocals are so far down in the mix as to be unintelligible at times, but that only adds to the charm of the music. Overall, quite an excellent release from a band that deserves much more attention.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Earthling Society

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Campo di Marte - Campo di Marte – Heaped amidst a surprising number of great 70s Italian prog bands comes this very recent CD reissue, and it is quite remarkable. Perhaps more subtle than some of their contemporaries, this five-piece...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues