maandag 11 januari 2021

Ghost Frog – Astral Arcade



Ghost Frog – Astral Arcade
Self released – 2020
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Noise, Space, Punk
Rated: ****

For a moment there I thought there was something wrong with my computer and I was back in the early nineteen eighties again. So I called up the internet hotline for computer aid, through this ancient dial up modem lying around and they immediately replied: “have you tried turning it off and on again?” Which I did and I then realized it was just the music playing in the background that made my mind warp and my lust for old arcade games grow exponentially. You see, we’ve got this ten track (cyber) space opera about extraterrestrial life, the universe and video games called Astral Arcade playing. And where opening track Data Slave sets the mood softly, sweetly and gets you in the mood for something bigger. It’s tv-series IT-Crowd reminiscent (or Gary Numan) second track Kill Screen that turn you into a 8 bit character trying to escape a mansion or wanting to be a pirate within seconds. Noisy, psychedelic space punk that will turn your love for stoner into one gigantic sci-fi maelstrom; blasting you through the universe in Arkanoid fashion and bouncing you off fuzzy or atmospheric walls. Are we taking all these references a bit too far? Hell no, and neither is Portland four-piece Ghost Frog! On Astral Arcade they touch every key exactly right and found the cheat code for unlimited plays. No need for coins, just hit play! Look behind you a three-headed monkey!

(Written by JK)







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