Still The Waves

by These Ghosts

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about

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.

credits

released March 9, 2015

written by Calum Duncan, Harry Hall & Nick Yager
flugelhorn played by Dave Land
produced & pre mix by Jonny Cole
additional production & mixed by Matthew Herbert
engineered by Adam Daniel King and Jonny Cole
recorded at The Mill Studio, Norfolk
(p) 2014 These Ghosts

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