The difference between easy listening and freedom
Brooklynite Walrus Ghost blends electronic processing and live instrumentation into a swelling, blissful sense of non-urgency. Call this the anti-drop– it’s for the patient folks that don’t need to check their iphone every couple of seconds, or can listen to an album instead of putting their entire library on shuffle every time. If variety is the spice of life, then continuity is the protein and composure is the veggies. Walrus Ghost, AKA Christian Banks appears to take influence from The Books and follows along the line of mellowing, intellectually appealing though- music. The ambiguity of instrumental music has always been especially attractive to me, as a born and bred jazz-head. The more left up to the imagination, the more one can take from the music. When the chord changes, time signature, thought process, and lyrics (hell, even the melody) are all laid out for you, you don’t have to do anything to listen. This is called easy listening. Once you pass a certain threshold of meeting the artists process halfway, you begin to appreciate so many different aspects of music, not merely the end result.
When you listen to a song about walking on a beach and holding their girlfriends hand, you probably think about a beach you’ve been to, and your girlfriend. But when you listen to such open minded, obscurely universal music such as Walrus Ghost, the music sets the mood and lets your mind wander. This is called freedom. So, please, sit back, turn off your phone and think of whatever the fuck you want to think about. You’re allowed to do that.