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Too Many Ghosts

by Bonsai Universe

Modern Psychedelic Rock .
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Its a Shame
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2. Beepsy
3:22 $0.99
3. Walnut Grove
6:07 $0.99
4. Altadena
4:02 $0.99
5. Too Many Ghosts
5:08 $0.99
6. Do Something
3:46 $0.99
7. Crumbs
4:23 $0.99
8. Ode to Ridge Road
3:40 $0.99
9. Spanish Lady
3:38 $0.99
10. Hey Brown Eyes
4:26 $0.99
11. Sideways Summer
3:48 $0.99
12. Rain
4:59 $0.99
13. Long Long Time
4:00 $0.99
14. The Drunk Firefly
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15. My Little Corner of the World
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Album Notes
Bonsai Universe is the original music project of Woody Aplanalp . He has been known as a guitarist and collaborator for a diverse array of artists such as Bobby Womack , Lauryn Hill , Trilok Guru , Nels Cline , Stephen Perkins , Old Californio , Aloe Blacc , Thomas Mapfumo , Wadada Leo Smith , Miles Mosley , Lili Haydn , Quetzal , and others .

The debut album , Moonstream , was released Feb 5 , 2018 . Music critic Steve Hochman ( NPR ) described it as having a “Blissful Charm “ and a “Cosmic Gaze “ .

Reviews from Previous Album “Moonstream “

“Blissful Charm and Melancholy Musings “ NPR music critic Steve Hochman

“Its like if Neil Young fronted Parliament , or maybe if Prince fronted the Band “ Max Kutner , guitarist for The Magic Band

“It’s like pop music that you could meditate to “ Ron Adams , fan

“A mix of Hippie-electro grooves supplemented by quirky yet polished backing sounds and sweet vocals “ Rockthebodyelectric review

“We are impressed . This album seems to take the folk music of the 60’s and infuse it with electric instrumentation, such that it becomes folk music for a new and more sophisticated age.  We think Aplanalp has hit upon a novel idea that should help him find a new niche in today’s indie music marketplace,
Recommendation:  We like the unique sound of Bonsai Universe and are proud to highly recommend this one.  We suggest you go out and get it “ lamusiccritic

No Depression full review
Let’s see… the last time we saw Woody Aplanalp (try saying that name five times real fast without putting a cramp in your tongue), he was plugging away with favorites Old Californio, one of the best West Coast bands there was a few years ago. Seems like only yesterday, he was laying down guitar/steel and singing away as if he didn’t have a care in the world. And suddenly… the band folded. Maybe not so suddenly, perhaps, but suddenly enough. With all the talent in that band I wondered where they would all go. Well, Woody decided to form his own band, Bonsai Universe, and the shock for me is that it is not at all similar to OC. Not. Even. Close. Which is fine by me because what Woody is putting on the shelf, though different, is every bit as good as OC. Completely different, but as good.
So different, though, that it took my ears a few listens to adapt. No country rock leanings here, nor Brit Rock roots. No blues. No rock ‘n’ roll. No. What Woody gives us on Moonstream is an odd mixture of electronica and pop, some of it very accessible and some you might have to work a little to understand. (It’s the ones you work to hear which end up being your favorites) And odd simply means you don’t hear it every day.
A few of the songs have me listening differently, in fact. My first thoughts when hearing “A Lot of Nerve” and “Too Real” was that Neil Young might want to have a crack at them because while they are not typical Neil Young songs, he could fold them into his style nicely. In my head, every time I hear “Walking With My Eyes Closed”, Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted” super-imposes itself over the song creating an intriguing combination of soul/rock sounds. “Am I Good Enough” is pure pop, “Sweet Exaggeration” has a Brazilian underbite (think samba) and “Should I Believe You?” steps into another dimension a la synthesizer.
“Astrotonic” is practically stand-alone, an emotional cacophony of synthetic shrieks and sirens squeezed from something existing inn the dark. It fits nicely as an intro to the final song on the album, a cartoon finale as we float off to dreamland.
Not like I expected at all. Much better. Aplanalp has stretched even my limits while keeping the album thematically solid. Good songs very well-produced and in just the right order. A nod and a wink, Woody. You done good. Another winner of the Linus Multiple Listening Award. I didn’t get it at first but by the tenth listen, I was so glad I stuck it out. nodepression



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