Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jungol spooks with 'Ghost Knocks'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Jungol is back with a fresh new album of arty, pensive, and sometimes eerie tunes. At a June 21 album release party, the experimental quartet unveiled its third album Ghost Knocks, its first release since 2010's Over the Sun and Under the Radar.

Cementing the group's years-long journey from a pseudo-jam band called Liquid Jungle into a thoughtfully solid electronic rock Atlanta staple, Ghost Knocks showcases matured forays into ambient and experimental songwriting - within a danceable package.

The group continues building on the momentum generated by last year's Go Softly short film project, a 30-minute avant-garde exploration released in a series of twisted vignettes that follow surreal alien characters through nightmarish forests. Jungol soundtracked the project, which was written and directed by band co-founder Josh Yoder, with original reverb-heavy, ambient music (Go Softly also won the band last year's CL Best Experimental Act).

Go Softly's sound clearly inspired Ghost Knocks, which continues the group's electronic aspirations but supplements with pop hooks and choruses. The album's eight songs showcase a diverse array of styles, from ambient to EDM. Standout number "Leper" glides through a moody haze of ambient rhythms and ethereal vocals, while the first single, "Full of Chemicals," drops bass worthy of a Friday night at Opera.

While the album sometimes ebbs on an oversaturation of synthesizers, Ghost Knocks presents a haunting effort from a band that's not afraid to explore and push the traditional boundaries of musical genres.

Ghost Knocks is available online or on iTunes.

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