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. Their mesmerising record Still The Waves was released through NX Records in 2015.
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.
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