The Phantom Tollbooth

Music and more from a Christian perspective

Slow down, and have your change ready

Since 1996

Woven Hand The Threshing Floor as reviewed in The Phantom TollboothDavid Eugene Edwards is a gifted artist. How he saw fit to meld folk, gospel, classical and goth into a unique and potent form is beyond me (I even hate having to use those labels to try and describe the music). That is the stuff of genius……

Wye Oak Shriek as Reviewed at Phantom TollboothAs soon as the record begins, you become aware that the band is embracing a different sound, one that mostly jettisons Wasner's guitar work in favor of synth and keyboard loops.

Interesting rhythms, some superb tracks, thoughtful lyrics and Jen Wasner’s warm, expressive vocals make this one well worth investigating.

in-the-light-coverCanadian singer Susan Wylde has the type of voice that is direct to the listener.

13 tracks of rock/metal goodness

Both musically and lyrically, this release sums up intimate worship. I found myself listening to most of this with my eyes closed.

Tip for success: take your most controversial album and one of your least popular and tour them together live with less than half your original band, and no electronic udders. Does it work?

Forty MartyrsThis unique short recording captures chants from an endangered community and language.

The Yossi Sassi Band officially debuts its unique brand of Middle Eastern metal with a conscience, branching out of the independent musings of the band’s founder into a collaborative effort.

Yossi Sassi - Desert Butterflies album cover as reviewed on The Phantom Tollboothpick-of-the-monthDesert Butterflies has all the elements of music that I love: inventive use of themes, blurring of genre lines, technical performance, attentiveness to melody, and solid performance. The pioneer of "Oriental Rock," Yossi Sassi delivers a memorable sophomore album.

People are always asking, ‘hey, where’s all the good Japanese prog music?’ Well, okay – they might not be asking, but here’s the answer anyway – Yuka and Chronoship!

Dan ZimmerDreamFalling somewhere between folk and film noir soundtrack, the hard-to-nail down sound would be at home in a smoky bistro or ripping it up in a small rock club. Gee – they could have even been the band in David Lynch's Twin Peaks...

3907Much can be said about "music without words"

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