A Collection of Ghosts, the latest release from Pennsylvania based ambient noise artist New Hope, was submitted to me directly by Ryan Fi, the creative talent behind the project. This, the artist’s second full length release, is a heavy, difficult experience which toys with sound engineering, field recordings, and harsh noise, all the while maintaining an artful and experimental elegance. A Collection of Ghosts is a study in sound and human emotion like no other, and the kind of piece any aspiring Steve Roden or Tim Hecker should take note of.
Into Static:The opening track, and the album’s longest, jumps head first into the collection’s sonic complexity. It’s a proper ambient mood piece, complete with the beeping of a telegraph machine and, about three minutes into the piece, some gentle acoustic riffage from Ryan Fi. It’s a mentally and emotionally consuming experience, occupying realms of soundspace that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.