Magnetic Ghost Construct Menacing New EP ‘Loss Molecule’
Hailing from the vast midwestern expanses of Minnesota, Magnetic Ghost is the brave and distorted musical brainchild of Andy Larson. By blending a wide array of genres like shoegaze, kraut rock, post-punk, drone and freak folk, Larson etches out a haunting niche for his daunting project. Functioning initially as a record imprint, then as a multi dimensional solo project in live engagements, to full band arrangements on record, Magnetic Ghost has flourished into a dynamic and multi-faceted musical entity and is now ready to unleash his newest release entitled Loss Molecule,
Loss Molecule is an insidious six track EP that will certainly capture the attention of long-standing Magnetic Ghost fans and newcomers alike. Loss Molecule is a creative and rugged display of unique sonic textures. As the life-force of Magnetic Ghost, Andy Larson is an immensely talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Larson is credited as the vocals, guitars, 12 string guitars, baritone guitars, drums, loops, delay and effects, proving that the Minneapolis native takes an astonishingly holistic approach to his music production. Furthermore, Larson had an all-star cast to help him bring this project to life. Loss Molecules was recorded with Neil Weir at Blue Bell Knoll and by Magnetic Ghost at Magnetic Mansion, mixed by Neil Weir and Magnetic Ghost at Blue Bell Knoll, Mastered by Cooper Crain.
Magnetic Ghost’s brand of rural psychedelia is inspired by the beauty and isolation of open spaces, and the creeping anxiety of the human drive to fill those spaces. With this wide-ranging view in mind, Magnetic Ghost vividly captures the tension of this peculiar duality with six powerful tracks. The lead single, “Grand Canyon,” is a perfect example of Magnetic Ghost’s mesmerizing qualities. Dulcet, acoustic guitar builds menacingly into a glistening climax coupled with Larson’s morose vocals. The accompanying video does a stellar job of adding visual substance to this gritty track.
My favorite track of the Loss Molecule is the powerful ballad “Vanish/Vanishing.” Like “Grand Canyon”, “Vanish/Vanishing” is made all the bolder by it’s appropriately sculpted music video. A menacing reminder of how mankind can adulterate the lush paradise we have been given, “Vanish/Vanishing” is a truly moving piece of multi-media art.