An album inspired by the celebration of the life cannot be put into a particular genre. Ghosts Upon the Earth, a new album from Gungor, is at times a mix of Gregorian chants and rock.
The new album released this September is different from the past work of Gungor or The Michael Gungor Band (as called for the first album).
The previous two albums could be described as folk indie. However, this new album has a bit more indie/rock/folk elements scattered throughout the songs. Ghosts Upon the Earth is darker than the previous albums and not as peppy.
Gungor says their music is difficult to place a into a genre.
The album’s lyrics are full of metaphors and allegory taking the listener through various aspects of the Creation story and of the story of life.
“Brother Moon” has a flute, strings, falsetto voices, a solo female vocalist and many discordant harmonies. Yet as random as all these pieces may appear, they all fit together into a well-composed melody.
“Brother Moon” has lyrics about the light of the moon and the sister sun that was created by God for light. It describes the creation of the wind and earth and how God is part of it all.
Many of the lyrics have thought-provoking messages about Creation and what it means to be created and loved as part of God’s Creation.
“The Fall” is the album’s title song. One of the lines says there is “nothing yet in truest form, we walk like ghosts upon the earth.” It goes on asking how long until we will be saved from the fall of man.
Michael Gungor, the namesake, producer and leader of the collective band, said in the official promotional video that the album tries to portray how mankind became like ghosts wandering to find fulfillment after the fall.
The album ends with a song of blessing and praise to the Maker with Gregorian chant elements at the end. Even though there is music accompanying the voices, they have the pure essence of a chant mixed with the folk banjo and indie style.
The band’s eclectic mixes give each song a distinct message.