Bonsai Universe – Too Many Ghosts

Bonsai Universe  “Too Many Ghosts”

The sophomore effort from highly sought after vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Woody Aplanalp opens the envelope of his song crafting psyche even further, which is quite ear opening considering the innovation of his first CD. There are interjections of blues, rock, psychedelia, retro electronica, and many other styles, and, at times, it feels like a rugby scrum with Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, OMD, and a lot of their fringe friends. But it all works so well together and perhaps that is one of the greatest measure’s of Woody’s talent: that he can weave such diverse influences into songs that breathe incredible life while holding a comfortingly familiar feel. Individual song vibes range from ethereal soundscapes to bare bones folks, to power punch blues rock and jazzy jam fueled passage and other styles. Add to this Woody’s intoxicating vocal work and thought- provoking lyrics and you have a masterful pastiche capable of digging hard into the soul of any lover of innovative music. – MW

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Bonsai Universe – Moonstreams

Bonsai Universe – Moonstreams
I cannot quite put my finger on what to make of this musical project by journeyman vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Woody Aplanalp…and perhaps that is why his music is so intriguing. I am not going to come up with one of those “cross so and so with so and so” references, although I do hear a subtle Bowie influence. I would include it in the progressive realm, and, no, that does not mean it sounds like Yes or Dream Theater; it is because it is so intoxicatingly different. There are lush, ethereal keyboard landscapes in abundance, but there are also folksy acoustic guitar passages and avant garde, but hooky pop passages. Woody has an undeniably catchy voice and a quirky sense for lyric writing, putting an extra dose of intrigue into even the most generic subject matter. This probably will not be for everyone, but I don’t think he created it for everyone either. Rather, if you respect solid songwriting talents that have zero qualms about creating different but captivating, then strap yourself in for this ride. – MW
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