Enigmatically gorgeous and unsettling. The Line of Best Fit
These Ghosts serve it up on a platter of melancholic guitars akin to early Radiohead. NME
A mix of reverb-drenched vocals and forward-leaning production, it becomes pensive before developing into a saw-toothed monster by its clattering conclusion. DIY Mag
The first taste from the new record comes via this dreamy, delicate track, which calls to mind the early days of much-missed Mo Wax band South. Soft, hushed vocals are underpinned by an insistent guitar hook...Shortlist Magazine
Spectacular...These Ghosts construct meditative, introspective guitar music, delivered in a forward thinking yet immediate fashion. There's a velvet lustre to their songwriting, a quiet, patient intensity which recalls Radiohead's fusion of splintered guitars and electronics. Clash Magazine
These Ghosts are Calum Duncan, (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Nick Yager, (bass, keyboards, backing vocals) and Harry Hall, (drums). All three members grew up in the Suffolk and Norfolk countryside and have been playing together since college. These Ghosts released their debut album, ‘You Are Not Lost, You Are Here’, in 2010, earning them BBC Radio One and 6 Music airplay as well as performances at both Latitude Festival and Dockville in Hamburg. After gigging the album extensively across the UK, the band went on to put out two further free singles, receiving acclaim from the likes of Tom Robinson and Huw Stephens.
Messers Duncan, Yager and Hall attended different universities and graduated in July 2013, which meant band activity was reduced, and social connection clients such as Whatsapp and Skype became honorary fourth members. The band used the awkward geographical triangle and digital interfaces to their advantage, touring in previously unexplored territories to new friends and fans at their respective universities, whilst honing their craft and fledging movements in music.
The recording process for the second album began during the summer of 2012 with Jonny Cole at The Mill Studio, Suffolk. The process was drawn out due to academic commitments but it afforded the band the opportunity to reflect on progress, helping them to achieve a far more considered album. Matthew Herbert joined the project as Co-Producer in late 2013, spending a week with the band and Jonny in Whitstable. Herbert was in tune with the band’s aural alchemy – their conscious desire to create songs with electronic textures as well as a body of work that was dynamic and cohesive.
These Ghosts’ music isn’t stultifying cerebral. There’s is a joyous cacophony born of friendship and a desire to forge new sounds akin to a British Animal Collective with influences also coming from the likes of Modeselektor to Sigur Ros, The Invisible and Mew. Opener, Young Blood, sets the sonic blue print, sepulchral, disembodied vocal cuts ups float across syncopated guitars before strident beats propel the song forwards. Lament articulates a sense regret via washed out and reverberated vocals set a-top reversed electronics. Elsewhere, the boys explore sound and form via the cinematic torch song and melancholy horn swells of Sleepless and the delay drenched piano pop of Gold Heart Green Skin. Debut single Coat of Feathers recalls Radiohead at their most magisterial, quietly imperious, all liquid chrome guitar lines and earnest, emotionally affecting vocals.
The record Still The Waves, is to be released on NX Records – a collaborative label venture between Goldsmiths College and Accidental Records, the imprint set up by fellow head and traveller, Matthew Herbert, to showcase some of most audacious and progressive music from London’s ever fertile creative underground.
1. Young Blood
2. Broken Earth
3. Gold Heart Green Skin
4. Coat Of Feathers
5. The Great Unknown
6. Where Two Lines Meet
10. This Town Will Snow You In