“An ethereal and almost spiritual journey” – The Sounds Won’t Stop (US)
“Unique soundscapes and fascinating ambience” – Post-Rock Central (UK)
“For fans of calm, ambient-oriented post-rock” – AM:plified Magazine (DE)
“A Spectral Moon is a hauntingly beautiful debut” – Luminous Dash (BE)
“Cinematic and fairytale-esque” – 3voor12 Utrecht (NL)
An instrumental post-rock project by English musician Pete Barnes (Utrecht, NL)
Having toyed with the idea of writing atmospheric instrumental music for a while, Barnes was left bedridden following a serious cycling accident in November 2020. The period that followed provided the inspiration for what would become A Spectral Moon, an album based on the repercussions of the accident.
Following the release of A Spectral Moon, Thistle Sifter played a handful of audiovisual concerts across the Netherlands in 2022, including AFAS Live in Amsterdam (with Sigur Ros) and Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht. The live line-up features Pete Barnes (guitar), Tom Broshuis (guitar), Rob Wickham (synth & bass), Koen Klarenbeek (drums) and Thomas van Gaalen (live visuals).