15 Songs, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Ghosts Upon the Earth, Gungor approaches the story of the world’s fall and redemption with fresh eyes and an adventurous spirit. Michael and Lisa Gungor may sing in subdued, almost murmuring tones, but the message they express is alive with awestruck joy, honoring the Creator in deeply personal, mystically-tinged language. Together with their band mates, they embellish their idiosyncratic style of liturgical folk/rock with bluegrass instrumental flourishes, shimmering orchestral strings and surging techno beats. “Crags and Clay,” “You Are the Beauty” and “Brother Moon” are prime examples of Gungor’s eclectic, multi-layered approach, far removed from the typical arena-pop bombast of modern praise music. Particularly outstanding are “Let There Be” (built around a soaring choir and an oscillating electronica groove) and “Wake Up Sleeper” (framing Lisa’s earnest vocals with skittering, jazz-tinged violins). At once otherworldly and immediate, Ghosts Upon the Earth is the sort of quirky yet compelling worship project that Christian music could use more of.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Ghosts Upon the Earth, Gungor approaches the story of the world’s fall and redemption with fresh eyes and an adventurous spirit. Michael and Lisa Gungor may sing in subdued, almost murmuring tones, but the message they express is alive with awestruck joy, honoring the Creator in deeply personal, mystically-tinged language. Together with their band mates, they embellish their idiosyncratic style of liturgical folk/rock with bluegrass instrumental flourishes, shimmering orchestral strings and surging techno beats. “Crags and Clay,” “You Are the Beauty” and “Brother Moon” are prime examples of Gungor’s eclectic, multi-layered approach, far removed from the typical arena-pop bombast of modern praise music. Particularly outstanding are “Let There Be” (built around a soaring choir and an oscillating electronica groove) and “Wake Up Sleeper” (framing Lisa’s earnest vocals with skittering, jazz-tinged violins). At once otherworldly and immediate, Ghosts Upon the Earth is the sort of quirky yet compelling worship project that Christian music could use more of.

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About Gungor

Gungor are a baroque pop, folk, and experimental rock-influenced collective centered on the husband-and-wife duo of Michael and Lisa Gungor. Although Gungor grew out of a Christian musical background and have often included spiritual concepts in their music, they do not consider themselves a CCM band.

Raised in Wisconsin, Michael spent his formative years leading worship services with his pastor father. He attended Oral Roberts University (where he first met fellow musician Lisa) and later studied jazz at Western Michigan and North Texas universities. Eventually, Michael settled in Michigan and joined the teen ministry Acquire the Fire. It was there that he formed the self-described "liturgical post-rock" outfit the Michael Gungor Band and began releasing albums, including 2003's Bigger Than My Imagination and 2006's Ancient Skies.

After marrying, Michael and Lisa relocated to Denver, Colorado and founded a community of believers called Bloom. During that time he also shortened the band name to Gungor, releasing the album Beautiful Things under the new moniker in 2010. The intricate Ghosts Upon the Earth arrived the following year and earned two Grammy nominations, for Best Gospel Song and for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Gungor returned in 2011 with the concert album Creation Liturgy: Live. In 2013 Gungor released their fifth studio album, I Am Mountain. ~ James Christopher Monger

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