For well over 3 decades, Forrest Fang has created sound journeys, each as different as the landscape imagery they invoke. That’s an impressive commitment to not only his own sense of atmospheric creativity, but also to dedicated fans accumulated throughout his sixteen albums. With his latest release from Projekt Records, Scenes from a Ghost Train, Forrest Fang opts to take listeners on a cross-universe ride in a train that exists only within you.
This nine-track escape includes a four-piece title track departure that starts at a “Five-Mile Crater”, visits “Koch’s Veil”, participates in ” A Meeting of Totems”, and ends in “The Pulse of The Stars”. Add in a twenty-minute aurally-induced display of “The Great Migration”, and four more pieces, Scenes From A Ghost Train becomes more than an ambient album, it becomes a self-creating painting of continual brush strokes of imagination.
Everything has a sound of the universe in the background. Call it unsettling or rapturous, the choice is yours. But it sets a tone for the soundtrack of travel that is beautifully augmented by the musical skills of Forrest Fang’s toolbox of various instruments. “A Meeting of Totems” become an earthly tribal experience, while its transitioning follow, “The Pulse of Stars” moves to a wider expanse of majesty.
Works by Forrest Fang are easily notable experiences in vast and completely uncharted cerebral landscapes. It’s difficult to assign the word ‘favorite’ among any of them.