Cassette (ed. of 150), available—
Geist & the Sacred Ensemble re-emerge from their home in Seattle for their third album, "Within". Continuing to evolve their singular craft, "Within" takes their doom-inflected folk ritualism and expands deeper into a gothic void with stomping, cavernous tunes like “Beyond This Vessel” and patient, meditative vibes as heard on “Sunstruck”. With opener “Ode To A Graey Sky” the group takes a trip across the breadth of their sonics. Beginning with nuanced textures of plucked guitar and rolling cymbal, the tune rips into an otherworldly heaviness, frontman Michael Sauder’s gritty wail leading the lumbering charge. The scope of atmospherics and mood elevates "Within" into a cohesive, enveloping album like staring straight into the sun and seeing only an eclipse.