Ghostkeeper

Portrait of Ghostkeeper

Ghostkeeper have returned with Horse Chief! War Thief! The band's third album follows their critically acclaimed sophomore effort (S/T Flemish Eye, 2010). Like its predecessor, this album is dense with sonic and structural experimentation anchored by catchy rock songs and hip-shaking rhythms. The band slips and jumps through genres, brilliantly fusing fragments and sections of rock n' roll, noise, chant, drone and metal. It is psychedelic without any of the aesthetic trappings of psychedelia, and though there are grand narratives, myths, and legends at play here, this is no rock opera.


Ancestries: First Nations
Genre: Rock

Albums

Album Cover
Horse Chief! War Thief! [nominated: 2013]
mp3 clipLuella (1.0M, 1:00s)
mp3 clipWalking A Hundred (1.0M, 1:00s)
mp3 clipGospel Slinger (989.5K, 1:00s)
mp3 clipTurn Up The Heat (984.9K, 1:00s)
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Ghostkeeper [nominated: 2012, 2011]
mp3 clipWell, Well, Well (965.6K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipHaunted (963.9K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipBy Morning (966.0K, 01:00s)

Awards, Nominations & Submissions

2013Best Group or DuoHorse Chief! War Thief!Nominee
2013Best Rock CDHorse Chief! War Thief!Nominee
2013Best Album Cover DesignHorse Chief! War Thief!Nominee
2013Single of the YearLuellaSubmission
2012Best Folk / Acoustic CDGhostkeeperNominee
2011Best Duo or GroupNominee
2011Best New ArtistGhostkeeperNominee
2011Best Producer/EngineerGhostkeeperNominee
2011Best Album Cover DesignGhostkeeperNominee
2011Best Folk / Acoustic CDGhostkeeperSubmission

Biography

Ghostkeeper have returned with Horse Chief! War Thief! The band's third album follows their critically acclaimed sophomore effort (S/T Flemish Eye, 2010). Like its predecessor, this album is dense with sonic and structural experimentation anchored by catchy rock songs and hip-shaking rhythms. The band slips and jumps through genres, brilliantly fusing fragments and sections of rock n' roll, noise, chant, drone and metal. It is psychedelic without any of the aesthetic trappings of psychedelia, and though there are grand narratives, myths, and legends at play here, this is no rock opera.

Songwriters Sarah Houle and Shane Ghostkeeper, multi-instrumentalist Ian Jarvis, and band member/producer Jay Crocker decamped to Riverport NS, at the Old Confidence Lodge to record Horse Chief! War Thief! Like their previous record, it was recorded and mixed completely in the analog realm; this time expanding the palette from 8 tracks to 24. Within the works of Ghostkeeper, each song holds a specific character, defined and electrified through a colour, space, tempo-shift, shape-shift, or time signature. It is a process the band began with the last record, and is achieved here with greater fluidity and natural movement.

Horse Chief! War Thief! is very much an album, less a collection of singles. The vast aural textures and atmospheric synths create a sculptural world inhabited by elemental rock songs and strange tales. This is Ghostkeeper in full stride: ferocious art rock conjurors in a heavy metal parking lot.

“The one great and fierce Horse Chief! War Thief! Sorcerer and leader of the debauched, war crazy, and all-consuming band of phantom horses. As living horses they were raised and trained by the most violent of warriors, witnessing and conspiring to the most horrific acts. When their masters fatally betrayed them, they were unwilling to leave this earth peacefully. They returned as gigantic spirits with explosive vengeance, stampeding across the land, swallowing anything and everything in their path.

When you are consumed by Horse Chief! War Thief! you aren't faced with death; instead, you would find yourself a fish out of water. The images before your eyes would wobble and warp as you collapse into momentary abyss. On the other side of this void lies a universe of the unimaginable. Shape shifts? Time travels? Baffling encounters! A fierce journey which would not end until the great Chief and his band won their fill of spoils, and you are spit up somewhere (someone), at the foot of Horse Chief! War Thief!'s portal gates."