"Ghost Hole" CDR
Genres: lo-fi, DIY, folk-pop
30 West St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Jan 12 - 18 2004
Hole is a great lo-fi pop disc. Zultanski's unusual,
folk-inspired approach to songwriting and performance is uniquely his
own. Though comparisons to The Mountain Goats, Bob
Dylan, and Lou Reed can all be made, it's clear that Ghost
Hole is a disc unlike any other, endlessly entertaining in all its pop melody and
"The Nipple of Knowledge" is pure Zultanski.
A simple, catchy vocal melody is laid over some complex guitar
plucking. "Good Money" is much different, succeeding
as a playfully dark, short pop tune, and "Boat" is so
delicate and beautiful - the cloak of lo-fi tape fuzz only adds to its
mysterious beauty. Opener "One of Ten," meanwhile, is
one of Ghost Hole's best moments, in all its complicated
instrumentation and downtrodden melody.
Ghost Hole is an absolutely essential album for fans of
D.I.Y. pop, as well as open-minded listeners looking for a bit of new,
unconventional music. Steven Zultanski has crafted
something beautiful out of this album, and you wouldn't ever be
forgiven for missing out on it.
[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]