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Spiritual Warfare and the Greasy Shadows - Ad Hoc


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Cat. no: LPEL166
Format: LP
Barcode: 810017649228
Release Date: 31 Mar 2023
Genre: Indie

Joel Marquard's (Dear and the Headlights, Gospel Claws, Through and Through Gospel Review) previous projects have always been special, but his latest musical project/band Spiritual Warfare and the Greasy Shadows unites a lifetime of music creation in a cross-genre sound unlike most mainstream fare

Spiritual Warfare and the Greasy Shadows is Joel Marquard and his eclectic infuences including Golden Era Bollywood, exotica, oldies, punk, and beyond take over on his most recent album. Ad Hoc is the second album by the band, and from the opening guttural wail in the frst track Take It Over , it is evident that unpredictability is a theme. Sinister choir backs the evoking a spaghetti western with our hero in peril. Tracks like Angel of Death Donut Shop,Volcano Girls, and Death Was an Olympic Speedskater all highlight the vast spread of Marquard's infuences, carrying the listener through his mind. Marquard's raw voice and sometimes silly lyrics overlay the cacophony of sound that borrows from all over the world, mirroring popular Indian music, classic gospel, Italian flm soundtracks, and international rhythms. Somehow, Spiritual Warfare and the Greasy Shadows keep it accessible. Perhaps it's due to Marquard's keen ability to deftly create every sound that is heard, eschewing sampling in favor of generating the melodies, beats, and sounds organically. His ability to conjure gives the sometimes dark subject matter a lightness and whimsy not common in music today. Underlying it all is a genuine punk attitude, meshing the dissonance in ways that echo throughout the album.

Tracks: Take It Over / Angel of Death Donut Shop / Volcano Girls Intro / Volcano Girls / Death Was An Olympic Speedskater / Viewfnder / Showroom / Shook Loose / Money / Killa Jungle Cruise / R U My Killa?

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