These songs are virtuously stoic Americana-- all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods and wandering melodies.
His voice sounds like Neil Young’s, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture.
‘Ghosts Of The Great Highway’ is a travelogue of sorts, speeding through the Midwest and the West; in this sense, it’s the male equivalent to Lucinda Williams’ ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’, especially in the imperfect mirroring of physical terrain and emotional geography.
The band Kozelek assembled for Ghosts - Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), along with a few guests - ably but subtly bolster his lyrics and vocals, generating a steady clip that never flags. The result is an album as hypnotic as highway divider lines whizzing past.
Includes original bonus track ‘Gentle Moon (Acoustic)’.