Like This Forever
Anyone remotely familiar with aQ knows we've long had a soft spot for earthy, psych-tinged music that weaves it's way along beautiful shadowy paths through the dewy glimmers and murky sludge. Well, here's something new that fits the bill and has been pleasing many an ear around here! We actually put a call out to these Portland, OR folks back in October to send some of their music down the coast. A few months have passed and here we are finally with cds in hand, and we think it was worth the wait! Heck, in the short time we've had Like This Forever in stock, in-store play has already been stirring up many many queries with at least one purchased each time it's spun. Stormy waves of electric guitar distortion and reedy woodwinds crash upon one another, then melt into clear smooth bell chimes. Horns and piano also enter the fray that ebbs and flows around mainman Eric Crespo's emotive vocals... As you listen you get a sense that Crespo and co. May have been raised on a balanced diet of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac as well as Pavement and Slint. Yes, all the most nutritious and tastiest food groups! Recommended. -Aquarius Records (speaking of 'like this forever') __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Review of 'like this forever' from Belgian blog Derives: I've been very impressed by the debut release of Ghost to Falco, the solo project of Eric Crespo. I was then very curious to discover his first full length and a little bit anxious about the fact he recorded it with a full set of guest musicians. Turning a solo project into a full band can corrode a sensitivity completely. There are differences, this album is less intimate and more intense, there is less space for layers of sounds from synths, organ or guitars and more attention towards a more rock-oriented approach. But while I'm talking about that he doesn't lose a single part of his authenticity as other artists like Unwound, Slint, Kickball, Three Mile Pilot, Victory at Sea, Bellafea, Lowercase or For Carnation easily come to mind when i listen to his new songs and band instrumentation. There is more room for tension ot this record, and for harsher sounds, even if it never falls into complete noisy explorations. He makes also a step towards a more conventional songwriting, following the archetypes of usual indie rock formula inherited from post-hardcore sources. I do like this new record quite a lot, even if I miss the unity once featured on the debut release. Eric Crespo is a true and clever songwriter and a brilliant interpreter of his own songs. There is no place for circus, you will taste the dust but ask for more of this. This is not a recommended record, this is a necessary one. I don't like it as much as I am obsessed by it. If once in your life records such as Spiderland, Repetition, The Dark is Just the Night, The Going-Away Present or Another Desert Another Sea have meant something for you, it is the next one on the list. --DERIVES.NET __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ '...Have you heard how good Eric Crespo's lyrics are? Have you heard their newish art-noise-gone-pop songs?' -The Portland Mercury __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 'Swooping bass lines, feedback at odd intervals, slo-mo percussive riffs when the drums are playing, and the rare touch of horns--put like that, you might think it sounds like a bunch of gibbons loose in the studio, but Portland-based troubadour Eric Crespo manages to blend it all into a batch of sludge folk that alternately soothes and rattles the ears.' -Boise Weekly (from an album review of 'like this forever') __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 'Eric Crespo is the constant member of Ghost to Falco, a Portland band-a trio on this tour -specializing in morose beauty and curious emotion. From lush analog synth sounds to looped and minimal drones, the sounds on the new disc 'Like This Forever' complement Crespo's pointed lyrics well.' -The Flagpole (Athens, GA)(Dec. 6, 2006 issue) __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 'If the rock and indie camps have been increasingly segregated as of late, then this album could be the much needed catalyst to bring the two back together. Ghost to Falco singer/songwriter Eric Crespo seems comfortable in the role of composer of introspective lyrics, but also knows that heavy, cathartic rock 'n' roll is an important part of the emotional dynamic. Crespo's rock is Neil Young circa After The Gold Rush, with huge choruses and guitar chords that transition into textured and delicate sections with layers of organ, xylophone, brass and wind instruments. It's a recipe that is continuously intriguing throughout. The first songs on the album, "Light in the Wind" and "Maupin," gently ease the listener into Crespo's world, giving a false sense that it will be a quiet, introverted album in the vein of Pinback or The Shins. Subtly, cymbal crashes build into a fit of noise joined by staccato acoustic guitar and human wailing that sounds like a painful exorcism. The song ends with Crespo's bitter, scorned singing, "If there's an escape then it begins with beliefs," and a frustrated punk beat over open chords. The strongest track is "The End," which begins with a riff constructed of what sounds like a guitar being played backwards and punctuated with a stirring Young-esque harmonica lead. The drums are hard-hitting and aggressive and the cooing background vocals of the chorus make the lyrics, "When light will you come here," all the more haunting and beautiful. The ghostly chorus appears louder over military drums on the next track, "Feared and Known." The seventeen guest musicians that appear throughout add much depth and spontaneity to Crespo's powerful folk-influenced compositions.' -Jake Rose -West Coast Performer Magazine (Album review for 'like this forever') __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Though Eric Crespo is, as he says, the one constant in Ghost to Falco, he's webbed in quite a cast these past few years, including Nick Delffs of Shaky Hands and Mike McKinnon of Wet Confetti. Not surprisingly, GTF's sound is just as expansive as it's collection of band members. Expect a night of noisy art rock, clatters of nu jazz, and tangents into trancy and symphonically stormy experiments, all wrapped around grounded but ghostly whispers that catch Crespo in moments of peace and bitterness.-ANIKA SABIN --The Willamette Week __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Portland's Ghost to Falco incorporates some lo-fi electronics into his unpredictable mix of post-folk and loopy experimentalism. -The Seattle Stranger.