Willard Grant Conspiracy are an Americana outfit formed around the song writing of Robert Fisher, the band come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but have more often or not created the blueprint for many contemporary Americana artists and some of them like Bon Iver have had some fairly notable successes whilst Willard Grant Conspiracy may have remained lauded by music critics remain pretty much in the foreground.
Incident At Mono Lake is taken from the bands latest album Ghost Republic, which see’s Fisher take inspiration from the ghost town of Bodie, just outside of California, a town which was the result of the great American gold rush. Incident At Mono Lake does have a very ghost like feel to it with Fisher’s voice sounding fraught like a heavy Johnny Cash with a deep baritone voice effortlessly breathes out the skeletal lyrics.
Right from the outset the tone is set with the heavy strummed guitars and the electric sounds of notes being held creates a ghostly atmosphere and the use of the piano to emphasise base notes is really effective along with the crying sounds of the electric guitar that soars and dives. it is atmospheric in every sense of the word and so god damn beautiful!