Blending Métis styles of musical folk and Midwestern blues, and basically every genre that fits including experimental psychedelics, Ghostkeeper is a haunting experience in memory and creativity.
This cross-country five-piece, named after lead guitarist-vocalist Shane Ghostkeeper, with drummer-vocalist Sarah Houle, wunder-guitarist Jay Crocker, bassist Scott Munro and multi-playing Ian Jarvis, released Horse Chief! War Thief! last year, recorded in Riverport at The Old Confidence Lodge.
"We went with incomplete songs intentionally so we could work with the magic of the studio, and its isolation," says Houle. The band ventured there after Crocker moved to the shore a few years ago.
"It's great having him across the country; we're covering more territory. The feelers are out and with Ian in Montreal, we're trying to stay hip to what's going on in this monstrous country," she says.
But what everyone else is doing seems irrelevant. Ghostkeeper is unique in sound and approach, creating stories from its own art and creating dialogue about the nature of Canadian folk music. "But we are more concerned with the evolution of pop music in whatever shape or form."