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Ghost Maps is a new project from Jeff Martin. The debut album The Ocean From The River and the video for lead track ‘Vanilla’ is out now: Jeff Martin is a founding member of Irish band Halfset, who have released two albums to date, the acclaimed debut Dramanalog and Another Way of Being There – the latter being The Irish Independent’s ‘Irish Album of the Year’ and a Choice Music Prize nominee (The Choice Music Prize is the Irish equivalent of The Mercuries). Jeff Martin has also released three solo records under his own name, Still, Spoons and Spoons Remixes/Collaborations
The remix album saw musicians rework their chosen tracks, contributors include David Pajo (Slint, PapaM), Mice Parade, The High Llamas, John Parish (PJ Harvey) & Minotaur Shock. This release gained Jeff US distribution. To date Jeff Martin has opened up for Lambchop, Tortoise, The National, David Grubbs and The High Llamas to name a few. Jeff Martin has also played live guitar for acclaimed Irish songwriter Adrian Crowley as part of his touring band. GHOST MAPS: The Ocean From The River is Jeff Martin’s first release under the Ghost Maps name. The 13 track album was written and arranged by Jeff Martin over a 12 month period, and was recorded in Dublin and Chicago.
The Ocean From The River features long-time collaborator John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) on drums and a guest piano appearance from Tony Crow (Lambchop). The emphasis is on real instrumentation, with virtually no electronics, sequencing or programming. The result is rich and organic tones throughout the album. Intimate guitar and voice songs contrast with panoramic full-band tracks, occasional brass flourishes and textured string arrangements. Drawn from various musical genres, The Ocean From The River is a diverse piece of work – complex, multifaceted, and one that reveals a new layer with each listen.
You can watch a video for the track ‘Vanilla’ on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-rJ5IExfA
You can download a free MP3 of ‘Vanilla’ from the band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ghostmaps/app_153284594738391
The Ocean From The River is out on November 15th, 2013 and will be available on Digipak CD, vinyl & digital download. The heavy-weight vinyl version comes with a die-cut sleeve and includes a free original CD copy of the album. You can buy from all good shops nationwide, directly from the bands website (both physical & digital), iTunes and Bandcamp.