Cathedral keyboards and fuzzed-out guitars levitate above pounding, tribal poly-rhythms while sparsely placed vocals echo in the dense sonic landscapes. Vanished, the second full-length album from American band Ghost Box Orchestra, is the dark, gritty follow-up to their shimmering debut The Only Light On. With Vanished, the band expands on the stomping, swirling, Western nature of their first record, absorbing space rock and Eastern influences to manifest a more sonically dense psychedelic sound. Dark and pummeling at times, luminescent and shimmering at others, the album reveals a more intense side to the Boston-based five-piece.
For Vanished, the band returned to the Freemasons Lodge-turned-recording studio where they recorded their debut. The album clocks in at 44 minutes of hypnotic, mostly instrumental pieces that simultaneously recall the panoramic vistas of the American Southwest and the vivid brilliance of Hubble-captured galaxies.