Jupiter One w/ Harrison Ray's Magic Ghost

When: Sat., Jan. 17 2009

Ask Harrison Ray, the leader of Harrison Ray’s Magic Ghost, to describe his band’s sound, and he might say a little something about Americana or alt-country or psychedelic rock. But those labels don’t adequately explain the sound of the Magic Ghost. Nope. In order to do that, Ray has come up with a genre all his own — dream folk. The singer and multi-instrumentalist says, “Dream folk is my own category really. I mean, most of the sounds, subject matter, etc., are channeled through my dreams. The music is very unpredictable, just like one’s dreams. Thank God, we don’t have control over our subconscious. It seems what we do have control over we screw up or make ugly.” Ugly? Ray’s music is anything but. It’s whimsical, otherworldly, and just a little bit melancholy — adjectives which all apply to two of the Magic Ghost’s standout songs, “The Green Fairy” and “Good Mother.” Ray and the band — keyboardist Jordan Igoe, drummer Wally Reddington, and accordionist Josh Kohl — are working on an album and hope to have it out in late February or early March. If all goes according to plan and the Magic Ghost sells millions of copies, Ray knows exactly what he’ll do with the cash. “I will invest it all in exotic cheeses and eat the profit,” he says. Also on the bill is N.Y.C. indie band Jupiter One, who puts a modern spin on a vintage spin on New Wave/alternative rock. —Chris Haire (image by Storkbite Photography)

Price: $5

Add a review


Select a star to rate.