Eveshka Ghost has created a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to remaster and publish a new album, Chalcedony-Chapter III. The video for this campaign features a haunting composition about a place where “I will paint my dreams in the Ink of Sound, in the hope that soon the place I’ve found will still be here without the fear or the pain on Hushabye Mountain. . . the left side of the pier.” Thus begins the lyrics, set to a slow, intense melody against a background of symphonic rock with a lighter overlay of Celtic and classical piano. At the words, “Hushabye Mountain” the scene cuts to an androgynous figure with green-tinted hair, head resting on a gauzy, orange scarf with arms akimbo on the dead leaves and earth. It cuts to a city street, then a railing over a body of water. The singer pushes the piano up a road; then the piano is in an open field where the musician/singer plays classical music on it.
The piano in the field is contrasted with a sleek, well-kempt model that is inside a house. The music builds with longing as the player opens the lid over the keyboard on the beautiful piano. But the player is pulled from it, playing hands stretching toward it. The scene shifts to a stone lion and an axe. The music turns dark and metallic as axe descends upon the old piano in the field, shattering keys. The scene cuts between scenes of the separation from the good piano, to the symbolic destruction of the piano in the field, another quick shot of pushing the piano up the road, a fleeting glimpse of the green-haired being – face slender and pale, almost ethereal – and back to a scene where a chain-saw rips through the piano keys. The music crescendos, and with one mighty kick the singer overturns the ravaged piano, then kneels in the falling rain, one foot on the broken frame. The music mellows out, stilling.
But is it really raining? The singer doesn’t seem to be wet. And soon he is pushing that piano up the road again.
The song is a biographical sketch of Eveshka’s ongoing struggle with “agoraphobia, stories of love, and . . . passion for Brighton.” Furthermore, it highlights how, for such a person, simple things like travel, eating in a restaurant or even walking down a busy street can be excruciatingly difficult.
Eveshka records music from home. Searching for a horse to ride for the cover art (a unicorn was wanted, but they seem to be in short supply and tech solutions just weren’t right) involved riding a bicycle four miles from home-base toward each of the cardinal directions, until a horse with an owner willing to train a novice rider were found.
Music lovers, this is a campaign for you. The music is haunting and expressive. Rewards for pledging are CDs of Chalcedony, Chapter III, prints of the album artwork, and even copies of Chapter I & Chapter II at the upper levels. All items ship anywhere in the world; shipment to some areas requires postage. A fourth album, Chalcedony IV, is planned.