Lost Ragas

Matt Walker follows up his 2012 release ‘In Echoes Of Dawn’ with a new band and album. It sees him take a detour from his solo material, finding a new note.

Announcing the arrival of Lost Ragas with their new album ‘Phantom Ride’.

Matt Walker – guitars / vocals / harmonica

Shane Reilly- pedal steel / guitars / mandolin / vocals

Roger Bergodaz – bass

and Simon Burke – drums / vocals

At some point, talk of a new album came up. The band is filled with songwriters and producers, and guys not always playing their first instrument, so this was always going to be a process far removed from what Matt had just come from, and in fact having been a solo artist for so long, may have been a process never experienced before.

And so, Phantom Ride was born. Recorded over a number of sessions in late 2013, the entire band providing a mixture of songs that were to go through ’The Ragas’ and take on an entirely new form. This was no longer a solo experience for Walker.

“Phantom ride” refers to a genre of film made popular late in the 19th century where the directors would strap a camera on the front of a moving vehicle. The effect was to see everything moving in front of you, but no clear indication of what is propelling the images. The “phantom” is this invisible force.

Album Of The Week – ABC Radio National

“Lost Ragas, Phantom Ride shows Matt Walker is a force to be reckoned with” – Steve Moffatt, Daily Telegraph

“An early contender for roots / rock n’ roll album of the year.”

4/5 Sydney Morning Herald

“Catch this guy soon, before he retreats back to the hills” The Monthly

“Hard sound to pin down- Broken Hearted Alt Country, then it flies off into this amazing duel slide guitar meets lapsteel – almost Television Tom Verlainesq meets Ry Cooder moments all centered around Matt Walkers beautifully dark voice, understated super tight bass and that crazy horse style minimal drumming”.  Dashvilled

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