Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: This is the third full length by French project Beyond The Ghost. Another album was released in collaboration with Dead Melodies. “The Last Resort” is the first chapter of a trilogy called “Europa Series”. This work is a futuristic story that happened in 2060 in Berlin (Germany). Pierre Laplace got a helping hand from trumpet player Christophe Motury.
Content: The sonic universe of “The Last resort” has a deep and poignant Cinematographic appeal. You get the sensation of watching a ‘film noir’; dark and smoked bars visited by mysterious men. The inhibited composition mixed with the trumpet accentuates the ominous sphere of this album. The tracks also feature delicate arrangements played by piano.
+ + + : Beyond The Ghost is a project that caught my attention since the debut album. It’s not just a cinematographic experience, but the work of an artist adding that little extra on top of his music. This little bonus has been created by the use of authentic instruments, which have a totally different sound than the use of electronic gear and field recordings. All these different ingredients and sound sources create an intimate atmosphere with a pronounced visual strength. The trumpet sounds have something magic, cold and sensual. The first part of the work sounds brilliant and I especially want to mention “A Transient Shelter”, which is an absolute masterpiece.
– – – : The second part of the album is not bad at all, but the best cuts are definitely in the first part.
Conclusion: Beyond The Ghost has probably accomplished its best work to date; a great Cinematographic production for lovers of darkness.
Best songs: “A Transient Shelter”, “The Darkness Before My Eyes”, “Opiated Dreams”, “The Perils Of Dawn”.