2 Part II Koch's Veil 5:35
3 Part III A Meeting of Totems 5:30
4 Part IV The Pulse of the Stars 5:14
5 Nocturnum 6:17
6 Freefall 5:56
7 Enfolding 9:43
8 The Great Migration 20:00
9 Waning Crescent 5:51
**Chronique en français plus bas**
A very welcoming foretaste which turns up between our ears as soon as the opening of "Scenes from a Ghost Train - I. Five-Mile Crater". A breeze whispers in our ears whereas synth lines spread colors and voices which awaken a delicate rhythm set on two juxtaposed lines; one of percussions and another one of sequences. Sequences and little tom-toms dance in this heavy sound framework of which the opacity and the more and more enveloping effects quiet down a sequence of rhythm which little by little fades away just before these elements of ambiences. Built on 4 parts, each independent from the others, this sonic roman-fleuve of “Scenes From A Ghost Train” continues with a bath of mysticism from where emerges a very pensive piano. The atmospheres, always very enveloping, of "Scenes from a Ghost Train - II. Koch's Veil" are weaved in layers of voices and in a musical mist where the breaths of flute play with the understanding of our ears. "Scenes from a Ghost Train - III. A Meeting of Totems" comes to wake these odd vibes with a nice structure of rhythm created on tribal percussions which dance in a sound veil weaved in complexity. In fact, one of the charms of these 4 acts is this sound texture which is undefinable, so much there is convergence of elements and where float multi-lines of synth to colors sometimes bright and often dark. This architecture of the soundscapes gives a dimension which suits well to a story embroidered around this ghost train. Less livened up, but just as much sculpted in ambient rhythm, "Scenes from a Ghost Train - IV. The Pulse of the Stars" brings a kind of cacophony of tones which is inspired by its title. Afterward, we fall in the phases of ambiences and of tranquility of “Scenes From A Ghost Train”, exception made of the nervous "Freefall" which also shakes and stirs in a dense magma of sounds. "Nocturnum" is a linear structure weaved around a meshing of hummings, of voices and of hollow breezes which float among seraphic elements. Cradling itself in a state of contemplative ecstasy, "Enfolding" is for relaxation. "The Great Migration" is another title which would lend itself very well in big movements of nomadic peoples. The opening is intense and one imagines very well a mass of people to migrate into the unknown and of its uncertainty. That does very Steve Roach at moments, especially near the 14th minute spot when some Indonesian percussions lift up a clearly more musical, even spiritual, rhythm. "Waning Crescent" ends this last opus of the Sino-American musician with an ode to serenity where the percussions sound like smothered gongs in another dense sound décor.
More ambient, with much cinematographic phases, than Forrest Fang's last opuses, “Scenes From A Ghost Train” is what I call an album without borders. These some phases of rhythms are equal to these textures which sculpt ambiences from another world which is not nevertheless very far from us … Just behind our imagination which travels according to a music so full of images.
Sylvain Lupari (February 6th, 2018) *****
You will find this album on Projekt Bandcamp
Plus ambiant, avec des phases très cinématographiques, que les derniers opus de Forrest Fang, “Scenes From A Ghost Train” est ce que j'appelle un album sans frontières. Les quelques phases de rythmes sont égales à ces textures qui sculptent des ambiances d'un autre monde qui n'est pourtant pas très loin de nous…Juste derrière notre imagination qui voyage au gré d'une musique tellement pleine d'images.