Details are sketchy to say the least about Stranger By Starlight a collaborative marriage made in heaven (or should that be hell?) between Stray Ghost and Eugene Robinson. Stray Ghost, or Ant Saggers as he’s known to family and friends, is a musician operating in and around the ambient and drone fields, which I know fairly well, having released his ‘House of Gold and Oak’ composition on my old label. He’s also responsible for the monolithic 75+ minute ‘Losthilde’ on Highpoint Lowlife, its sequel ‘Nothing But Death‘ and the beautiful ‘Each Paradise Is A Lost Paradise‘ EP on Hidden Shoal Recordings.
Euegene Robinson, on the other hand, is a writer, poet, combat enthusiast and provocative frontman for legendary San Fransisco avant-rock collective Oxbow, who according to their website claim to be ‘the last aural will and testament of failed humanity…’.
How this collaboration came to be is unknown, but ‘Chalk White Nights‘ has a real Chandler-esque noir feel to it, undoubtedly Saggers’ work, along with a skipping percussive beat that reminds of a more sinister version of UNKLE track ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights‘ (or more accurately Talk Talk’s ‘New Grass‘, from which James Lavelle sampled the percussion). If that’s not enough, Robinson sounds suitably dangerous half-mumbling a monologue where the word ‘beautiful’ crops up very frequently’ ratcheting the tension considerably. Eerily cool, somebody please find these guys a label.
Hello everyone, It’s Anthony (Stray Ghost) here…
As some of you may already know I’ve been working on a collaborative album with Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) for quite some time now; but it is finally finished and is on it’s way to finding a label now.
So this seems like the perfect time to show off a piece of music from the forthcoming album, which will be titled “Chalk White Nights”
I’ll post some news as it comes through.