The Ghosts of Searchlight – “Cauterizing Asphalt”


Sprawl is an instrumental rock album with ample mystique, from rock trio The Ghosts of Searchlight, from Long Beach, California. “Cauterizing Asphalt” stands among its numerous highlights, driving with theatrical guitars and eerie key-laden flickering. The band integrates a surf-laden feel in the fleeting guitars and driving rhythm section, while the organs provide a chilly undercurrent fit for the hibernating autumnal and winter months. Vocal samples appear throughout this track and the album, adding cleverly to the mysterious soundscape. Fans of instrumental rock with vigor and atmospheric mystique should check out The Ghosts of Searchlight’s Sprawl.

Stream the album in full, below:

“Cauterizing Asphalt” and other memorable tracks from November can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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