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GHOST RANCH

"Ghost Ranch is a hauntingly beautiful record. By turns, rough-hewn and hypnotic, sly and seductive."

COACHELLA VALLEY WEEKLY, Eleni P. Austin (US)

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„It’s a mature work, a poignant appeal, with penetrating stories & vocalizing though instrumentality it’s spare. But that doesn’t miraculously strip the work of its viability. It may even have enhanced its quintessence.“

AMERICANA HIGHWAYS, John Apice (US)

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“They remain totally unique and, as evidenced here, they simply continue to get better. Ghost Ranch is unquestionably an album of the year.“

KLOF MAGAZINE, Mike Davies (UK)

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„Aus kleinen Beobachtungen oder scheinbar simplen Fragen, aus der Beschreibung von Orten, aber auch aus Motiven des Unterwegsseins werden Songs von existentialistischer Tiefe entworfen.“

SALZBURGER NACHRICHTEN Bernhard Flieher (A)

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„When it comes to atmospherics and dynamics then there is no better music than a new album from the performance vehicle, Son Of The Velvet Rat. Their impressive catalogue of twelve album releases is witness to their creative muse and their dream to bring music of substance into the collective consciousness. Highly recommended“

LONESOME HIGHWAY, Paul McGees (IR)

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"Ghost Ranch is an exceptionally mystical, predominantly dark synthesis of folk, country, rock and soul. 

A masterpiece.” REAL ROOTS CAFE, Huub Thomassen  (NL)

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“Ghost Ranch soars via a mix of folk, roots, alt rock, cabaret and art damage styles fused into an otherworldly approach that is fully original.”

ROCK&ROLL TRUTH, Robert Kinsler (US)

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“What a wonderful album!”

ROOTSTIME.BE, Valere Sampermans (BE/NL)

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 "They succeed in creating an atmospheric sound image that is very powerful."ALT COUNTRY.NL, John Gjaltema (NL)

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"Like a film noir vignette, the suspense and darkness of this song begins its haunting from the opening note.  Anyone who’s been abused and bullied has felt the pull of the twisted idea of revenge. Here it’s softened, ultimately, by a rosary. But the complexity is provocative."

AMERICANA HIGHWAYS, Melissa Clarke on “Rosary” (US)
 

 “… completely innovative folk music, gloomy and dark, but poetic and that kind of tone that makes me want to hear more and know more, right from the first listen."

BERLIN CALLING Torbjörn Berlin (SWE)

„Auf Ghost Ranch werden Geschichten erzählt, Gedanken, Träumereien über ewig offene Fragen präsentiert.“

DRESDNER NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN, Beate Baum (DE)

 

“… a relaxed, calm and poetic record with well-written and fine lyrics. Fans of Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and Lucinda Williams should all be able to find a new favorite here.”

ZERO MAGAZINE, Petter Jahnstedt (SWE)
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“Continuing the superlative standard of songwriting, these eleven new pieces communicate predestination; a familiarity you can’t quite place yet leaving us with that inexplicable feeling they’ve always been around. “

THE JOSHUA TREE VOICE, Gabriel Hart (US)

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“Music that disturbs the senses and gives us the seriousness of life with a gothic feel , in the emotional landscape within me, as a listener of a strong and beautiful album." 

BLASKAN, Micheles Kindh (SWE)

"At the crossroads between Central European elegance and American folk, these songs develop with a mysterious and "eternal" meaning, reflected in the words and singing of Georg Altziebler, sole author and center of gravity of Son of the Velvet Rat, with his lyrics suspended between light and shadow." ROOTS HIGHWAY, Fabio Cerbone (IT)

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Ghost Ranch is their finest album to date.”

MUSIC THAT NEEDS ATTENTION, Theo Volk (NL)

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