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Carter Thornton
Mapping the Ghost Vol. 1: The Dirt Path to the Field

SAB073 | CS, DL

New York guitarist Carter Thornton has manipulated sound in mysterious underground corners for decades – his contributions to No Neck Blues Band satellites, doom/drone metal ensemble Gnaw (with Alan Dubin of Khanate), avant-pop group Pigeons, and the mostly-solo endeavor Zashiki-Warashi are sufficiently divergent for even the most atuned seeker. Releases under his given name are scant but very heavy; Ten Fingers for Forefathers remains one of the more adventurous solo guitar statements of the past decade.

His latest work, several years in the making, is conceived as a series called Mapping the Ghost. Thornton returned to his given name for this highly personal, though not expressly confessional music, which unfolds via a series of hints constructed by Thornton alone, using traditional instrumentation, found sounds, field recordings, F/X and more. Volume One tramples through a host of environments, from (fairly) straightforward string pieces to uncompromising collage fever dreams and various points in-between.

Track Titles


  • 1. The Dirt Path
  • 2. The Field
  • 3. Ruins
  • 4. The Duct
  • 5. The Church
  • 6. The Fire Pit
  • 7. Ghost Organ / Wooden Pier
  • 8. Day I Left the Prison
  • 9. The Ditch
  • 10. Old and Blind
  • 11. The Field II