Anyone who has ever spent any amount of time canvassing the small, lost towns in the barren desert areas of Arizona, from Tortilla Flat to Tombstone to Jerome, will tell you there is a dark, haunting feeling afoot. It’s in these spaces and their surrounding areas where the world’s perception of the Southwest is made a reality, be it the vibrant, sepia-toned tans of the desert or the mountainous, unforgiving terrain, a part of the wild west endures. Evan Uschenko records fuzzy, brooding psych rock under the moniker Ghost Woman, and sat out much of the pandemic in Arizona contemplating the rich, cosmic mysteries of these areas—specifically lingering on stories of the Superstition Mountains.
Ghost Woman’s debut three-track EP, LOST ECHO’S, arrives July 13th via UK imprint Full Time Hobby and Canadian label Victory Pool. The latest track “Dead & Gone,” which you can hear below, is a scuzzy, blistering slice of garage psych, bright traces of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard mixed with the drugged-out, melting sensation of the Black Angels’ best work. Like “Demons” before it, the cascading nothingness of the dry heat desert contextualizes LOST ECHO’S, and “Dead & Gone” emerges as an in-and-out, quick-hitting rock cut that appropriately captures going 90 on the empty stretches of Arizona highways. Give it a listen below:
You can preorder LOST ECHO’S over on Bandcamp today!