Elliott BROOD – Ghost Gardens (album review)

by Woody on September 19, 2017


Photo: Trevor Weeks

I was trading texts with Oz (remember him) about this album. In response to his query to whether Ghost Gardens was any good, I answered with, “Really good. What you’ve come to expect from them.” And that is some great alt-country.

Ghost Gardens, the sixth LP by the Canadian trio has an interesting back story. The songs of Ghost Gardens were all born some 15 years ago. The demos and outlines of the tracks were recently found in an old suitcase in a garage. Soon enough Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin were breathing life into them to create another gem of an album.

The album is 11 tracks long and the boys do a nice of mixing things up throughout. The album opens with four upbeat BROOD tracks culminating in 2 4 6 8, a track that opens with a dark, foreboding banjo riff before exploding with punk energy. The track about a traumatic event that Sasso witnessed on TV as a kid is all over the place, constantly changing tempos with crunching guitars and Pitkin pounding away. It is as brilliant as anything they’ve done.

The albums slows a bit after that but the quality never does. Adeline is a wonderful and sparse track, almost lullaby-like. The Widower is a great track with some wonderful harmonies, Sasso sounds like he’s in the next room as his voice joins in with Laforet; making it even more poignant. For The Girl gently closes the proceedings with some tasty mando.

The boys have been a HearYa staple since we started this thing 10 years ago. Ghost Gardens is a great addition to their excellent catalog.

Our 2009 live session w/ Elliott BROOD is here

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