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If you’ve followed the progress of SLG, from the shy beginnings of politely asking, then insisting on an instrumental version of Waking Me Softly so she could practice singing it.  Then you’ll already know of Chasing Butterflies too (play and download it free on soundcloud).  A beautifully sung gentle song which celebrates the transition from winter through spring and into early summer, we challenged SLG to sing it.  She did and we were so impressed with the results of a song recorded via the awful microphone of an iPad2, we were keen to hear what a better mic would sound like.

We ran a private competition, with a very small group of participants.  The winner was pretty obvious right away, so we decided to upgrade the prize to a professional usb microphone which could be used on an iPad.

We pondered what to do next and came up with the idea of Five Phases.  Wikipedia explains it best, “The Wu Xing, ( wŭ xíng) also known as the Five Elements, Five Phases, the Five Agents, the Five Movements, Five Processes, and the Five Steps/Stages, is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs. The “Five Phases” are Wood ( ), Fire ( huǒ), Earth ( ), Metal ( jīn), and Water ( shuǐ).”

We conspired to work with SLG on the five song project, to involve her vocally in each of the songs in some way shape or form.   Either singing the lead part, or providing subtle atmospheric vocals to lightly flavor the five songs.

We hope the results will continue to sing for themselves (rather than speak).  This is the first of the series of five, Water.

We loved the song so much we even made a simple video for it, in the hope that it would give a professional look to such a great sounding song.  Be sure to let us know what you think and share the video if you like it, we’d love to have the song reach many more eyes and ears.  Water is available on soundcloud and itunes.

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When the ever awesome and talented Nicolaus Wegner invited us to provide the musical element to the 2nd of his Wyoming Wildscapes series, we jumped at the chance.

Sworn to secrecy, we were able to watch the time lapses in their embryonic form.   It got us all excited!  Wyoming Wildscapes I, now that was impressive in its own right, but these new lapses brought something new and exciting…storms, lightning, massive cloud formations and even a rainbow!  We know enough about photography to understand, there are pictures anyone can take and there are pictures only one can take.  A single moment of pure energy, a never to be repeated sequence of elemental force.  To capture such things took patience, a watchful eye and a bunch of close encounters!

Speaking of which, Devils Tower features in the footage and provided inspiration for both the title of the music and the “native” feel.  Devils Tower is a very spiritual place and there’s a very earthy spiritual feel to the time lapses.

Hopefully we did it justice.

Be sure to drop us a comment if you enjoy the video, here, on youtube, facebook or twitter :)

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Every now and again we read a comment or run into a situation where it’s assumed we’re a signed band with a master plan, a label, a manager,  a tour bus and a pet raccoon (probably).

The truth often comes as a surprise, we have none of the above, not even the pet raccoon.  We’re just three guys, you know.  Each of us has a day job, each of us has our own life, and the only interference from one and other comes in the form of music.  Interchanges of ideas, of tunes, motifs, rhythms, chord progressions, interesting sound recordings.  Sometimes the exchange might inspire an idea, one that progresses into a GhostK tune, sometimes the exchange might dwindle and die of natural causes.

I’ve been thinking about this recently and how when we’re busy with our own lives the attrition rate of ideas is much higher.  It’s the kind of phenomena a number monkey would extrapolate into all kinds of interesting graphs and statistical flows.

In the summer months it can get pretty brutal.

If you’ve been following us for any length of time on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or here, you’ll have noticed we’ve had a recent spell of quiet,  which totally fits this pattern.  If we were signed to a label we’d be packed up and sent to a French Château for sure by now and told to make something new, or else! It’s a good thing we’re not – trying to force inspiration leads to the dark side…

Ironically, if we were sent to a French Château something new would happen to us – the three of us would meet, face to face, for the very first time, ever.  That fact usually blows peoples minds! ” Well, how do you, well, erm…….*boom* ”

Canada the UK and Poland, that’s not exactly an easy drive.

So we remain purely digital, a true phenomena of the internet.  We stick together like bonding atoms, attracted to each other through commonality and itrigue.  Much like bonding atoms, our success and evolution depends on our environment; the place where we exist.  The internet, that’s where we exist, and in the minds of awesome people who take their time to listen to us….just three guys.

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