After taking a week off for Chicago Open Air happenings, I decided to return this week with a bit of a curious choice. Spoiler alert: The curious choice is not the album. More on that later. I’ve spent much of the past couple of weeks revisiting some notable albums from the last couple of years. Naturally, I find myself falling father and father behind the new releases dropping each week. But that’s something a rainy day can fix quickly, so it’s a justifiable situation as far as I’m concerned. So, this week I decided to feature one of my favorite albums from last year (even if it didn’t make my EOY list) and supplement it with… well, nothing special. The Metal: Ghost Bath – Moonlover. The Booze: Pabst Old Tankard Ale.
The Metal: Ghost Bath – Moonlover
First and foremost, I apologize for the mediocre image above. I’m trying to do more with this Instagram thing and didn’t feel like also breaking out my Nikon. Life is so hard. Anyway… Ghost Bath. One of the main reasons I’m coming back to this album is because of its recent release on vinyl through Nuclear Blast. I was cruising my way through the local record shop, stumbled on it, saw that dangerous phrase “limited edition gold vinyl” and next thing I knew I was walking out with 20 less dollars to my name (a bargain if you ask me). So it goes. And while this album did not end up on my ‘Best of’ list last year, it certainly wasn’t far from it. It was a bit of a victim of its own release date, which was early in the year, causing it to lose some steam and slide a bit as the year went on. But now that I’ve revisited it a few times following this purchase, I’m reminded of how stunning this record really is. Talk about beauty in pain, the way Nameless’ hollowing shrieks coincide with the rising and falling melodies throughout the album is absolutely chilling. Everyone has heard the fairly upbeat “Golden Number”, but it isn’t really until you’ve worked your way through the second half of the album, specifically “The Silver Flower” (both parts) that the true range of this sound manifests. It sounds completely organic as delicate leads coupled with sounds of nature are worked within the darker, heavier passages. This is an album that flies by as you listen to it. It’s quick to put an audience member in a trance and doesn’t release its grip until its terminus. It has been subject to mixed reviews, I understand that, but I personally love this stuff so I don’t really care.
The Booze: Old Tankard Ale Brewed by Pabst
Ok, so what the hell am I doing drinking something from Pabst? I thought I was a beer snob or something? Well for one, I drink a lot of PBR during the summer. In the summer, when the nighttime drinking starts at like… 1pm, I prefer to grab something light and in large quantities so that you can carry that adventure through the evening. Sure, you could rock the heavy IPAs and start drinking at the same time… if you feel like being annihilated by 5pm and ruining your evening. Summer time drinking is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s best you treat it that way. All that said, PBR was the beer I selected a few years back to serve this purpose. So there’s that. Furthermore, I have never really explored Pabst’s other beers before, so when I saw this on the shelf it was a simple case of “fuck it” — my favorite reasoning for any decision I make. It’s encouraged you pour it into tankard (as implied) for some reason. I had no such item so I opted for one of my .5L steins, which served the purpose well enough. It’s a darker ale, implying a fair amount of maltiness, and comes in at 5.8%. It tastes a little boozier than that, but overall isn’t all that bad. It is smooth enough, very sweet, but perhaps a little too dense for a hot summer day (it’s over 90 right now). I really don’t have a ton to say about it beyond that. I mean, it’s not bad, but I probably won’t be exploring this one again soon. Another one crossed off the list (unique beer number 606 for those keeping score at home. And by “at home” I mean if you follow me on Untappd… Cbutters453). Give it a whirl if you’re into malty ales, otherwise… don’t?
Alright, that’s all I’ve got for this week’s pairing. And a dumb pairing it was. Not exactly a lineup that goes hand in hand, but whatever, they served their purpose. I listened to one and drank the other simultaneously. That’s what this is all about, right? Enjoy your weekends, everyone.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”