One day I learn I’m going to review an album from a band I knew nothing about, and the next day I can’t put it down. Abigail’s Ghost is a New Orleans trio who like to mix folk and alt hard rock, and last month they released Black Plastic Sun. From the moment I heard the violin fade in to the clash of acoustic chords and piano passages in “Thereafter”, I knew I was in for an enchanting experience. Though Abigail’s Ghost put a lot of thought into composition, this album puts more emphasis on flow, pacing, and hooks. Acoustic guitars, pianos, and violins are heavily utilized throughout the album and really give off a sense of whimsy. The soundscapes that can be heard in the background add in a layer of eeriness. Of course this is a rock album, so there are plenty of hard hitting riffs and solos, but it never gets too heavy. The drums never overstep its boundaries and keeps the harmonies and riffs in line. The vocals of this album are nothing short of spectacular, which are clean and melodic without being high pitched. My favorite instrument in Black Plastic Sun has to be the bass. With all the other instruments focusing on rhythm and harmony, the bass decides to flow and dance about.
The variety Abigail’s Ghost has to offer on Black Plastic Sun is refreshing, and will pull you back for subsequent playthroughs. The first song “Thereafter” showcases everything this album is about from acoustic passages to heavy soaring choruses, and thoughtful guitar solos. Songs like “Protist” and “Smotherbox” are much darker and complex. “King Of All” and “Sweet Serenity” don’t feature any distorted guitars at all, and are quite upbeat. The song “Le Metteur” is the odd one of the bunch, an eerie melody, heavily synth based and reminds me a lot of downtempo. “Rather Unorthodox” ends the album with a bittersweet piano coda with a violin lead.
As this album was released last month, I’m a little late to the party on reviewing this. But that’s okay, because this is more of an autumn album anyway. Black Plastic Sun is enchanting, captivating, and touching to say the least. This album doesn’t djent, but it doesn’t need to.
FFO: (current) Katatonia, Ghost, Harmonium
Favorite Songs: “Therefter”, “For Damien”, “Le Mettuer”