Phantom Ride - Lost Ragas

from the album Phantom Ride (2013)

Lost Ragas are a four piece band from Victoria, Australia led by frontman Matt Walker.  For those unfamiliar with Matt, he has one of the most impressive resumes of any indie artist I can think of, having toured with Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, & The Black Keys.  How cool is that?

I stumbled across their debut album - Phantom Ride - shortly after Lou Reed died. The straight-forward  bass-guitar-drum combo with deadpan vocal stylings seemed to have a foundation in Lou Reed's solo and Velvet Underground work.  Then again, I hear his influence everywhere.

Reminds me of the famous Brian Eno quote that although the first Velvet Underground record initially sold only 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

My favorite song on the album is the title track.  Aside from the vocals and visual imagery, I totally dig the way varied classic guitar tones are intertwined to craft the vibe.  Not only are there the jangling power chords of the Velvet Underground inspired rhythm, there is slide guitar that evokes alternative country sensibilities, and a triply guitar riff that one might associate with arena rock bands like Rush.  It is cool to hear all three used in a song with positive effect.

I also dig the backing vocals, particularly at the end of the song, echoing in the distance below an extended guitar lead.  It is excellent craftsmanship.

Click Here to listen to the album version of Phantom Ride on You Tube.

Click Here to listen to Phantom Ride on SoundCloud.  You can also access many of the other excellent songs from this album here.

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