Review: The Black Ghosts

The Black Ghosts

I have a confession to make: I first discovered the Black Ghosts from Twilight. Specifically, while going through the soundtrack. Hey, don’t judge me, okay? Sometimes, inexplicably, some of the worst movies or shows have the best music (Case in point: Gossip Girl).
Despite the rather dubious origins of the source, I liked the song immediately. My bias against the film overshadowed my preference for the song for a while, until I decided that the filmmakers had only selected it because of its name (‘“Full Moon”. Geddit, guys? Ha. Ha. Ha. We’re so clever!’)
Petulance aside, the band’s music is described on Wikipedia as “electronic”, which is the basest lie that I’ve ever encountered on the website. The sound is decidedly indie folk, although it varies from song to song: “It’s Your Touch” contains Caribbean tribal overtones, whereas “Full Moon” exhibits a Native American touch. The band members have themselves described it as “soul music with electro-psych flourishes”.
The Black Ghosts consists of Simon William Lord and Theo Keating, two British musicians, who released their debut self-titled album in 2008, followed by Where Animals Stare in March 2011. Designed as a side project for the two musicians, the band has understandably released little music, with the members seldom promoting it. Despite the lack of exposure, the combination of the varied elements that are present in their music seem to have earned them a small but faithful fan following, as well as critical recognition, with critics praising the variety and malleability of their music – the band combines old-world vocals with folk-inspired music, often with instruments as varied as a synthesizer, a tambourine, and a violin in the same song.
So go ahead and check them out. Twilight or no Twilight, they’re worth a listen. Vampires can’t suck the fun out of everything.

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