The Marshall Pass' Phantom Train is a melancholy remembrance of a lost friend and bandmate. This singular focus wouldn't make for the best introduction to most groups/artists, but Duncan Arsenault and Craig Rawding impart so much passion-filtered talent on this project that it's a must-hear.
As cathartic as this set of songs must have been for The Marshall Pass to create and record, Phantom Train is no simple exhaling of sorrows. It's a work of great artistry and soul, as informed by loss as it is song-craft. The dark color palette used for the portrait never bleeds to a flat gray.
Phantom Train recalls the lush textures of early Sun Kil Moon and the bluesy vocals of the Allman Brothers. Pass' sound is a warm mix of folk, rock and blues with an authentic twang that would make one think these guys hail from central Georgia, rather than Massachusetts. Everything about the EP sounds organic and unforced. via www.farcethemusic.com
This album is also available digitally on ITUNES and other online retailers. CDs available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/themarshallpass
released 04 December 2012
Duncan Arsenault: guitar, banjo, piano, bass, percussion
Craig Rawding: vocals, harmonica
All Songs Written By The Marshall Pass
Recorded at Hadwen Road Studio
Produced by Duncan Arsenault
Mastered by Paul Dagnello
Design and Photography by Duncan Arsenault
Dedicated to our dear friend Scott Ricciuti www.scottricciuti.com