Kevin Moore

Ghost Book

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Keyboardist Kevin Moore will be familiar to fans of modern progressive rock through his work as a former member of Dream Theater and from his solo work under the name Chroma Key; more recently, he has worked with several other prog luminaries in the experimental supergroup O.S.I. But Ghost Book is an almost purely solo endeavor, a soundtrack album consisting of work commissioned by Turkish novelist Dogu Yucal for use in the film adaptation of his novel Havalet Kitap (or "Ghost Book"). Yucel was a longstanding fan of Moore's work in Dream Theater and had quoted some of the band's lyrics in his novel, so the pairing was natural. The music Moore has created for the film is dark and creepily evocative, as befits the film's twin themes of horror and romance; most tracks are sonically sparse and bring to mind large, echoey spaces, either by means of thunderous sound effects ("Hecklers"), spare keyboard lines that sound like they were recorded in a large, wood-floored room ("Piano Theme"), or layers of moody, reverb-laden guitar ("Cowbloke"). A couple of tracks feel like nothing more than aimless noodling (note in particular "Overheard," in which you can hear what sounds like someone yelling at Moore in French that he needs to get back to work). But for the most part this is simultaneously soothing and compelling stuff. This will sound pleasingly familiar to fans of Bill Nelson's Orchestra Arcana albums.

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