14 04 2013



Last year I wrote about a band called Sons Of An Illustrious Father, on the back of that quite a few bands from New York got in touch with me. Something which felt entirely strange. I live thousands of miles away from a music scene that speaks to me. I’m far away from it all, but when I listen to it- I feel like I am there. You create your own sense of belonging. Sometimes you won’t belong, that’s why nothing is permanent. If it was, we’d never do a thing. So a few bands got in touch, and I really enjoyed them all. This Tuesday sees the release of one of them releasing an EP.

Ghost Pal are a collective of incredibly talented musicians from Brooklyn. They have this massive sound to their music which is found in the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. They create this friendly atmosphere to their music, as if you too could be a member of the band. I have a cowbell lying around if that’s any use…No? Didn’t think so.

Their new EP, God Save MCFK is just magnificent. When I’ve written about them before, I have always likened listening to them as some kind of spiritual experience. The last track on the EP, Raja’s Song (Hold On My King) is just so beautiful. The lyrics are so lovely, but there is one line that I just adore that goes, “I will love you through every single day.” There is something so pure and innocent about this line. Something so simple but so utterly special. It is just a gorgeous line. It is the perfect song to end the EP on, and I think (after playing the EP many times) that this is my favourite on God Save MCFK.

As so many have been in Ghost Pal, and still are, you get a true sense of community in the music. They don’t need grand vocals or over the top production to make their point. It is their simple lyrics and heartfelt passion that they play with that make them so easy to connect with. Everything comes from the heart with Ghost Pal, and that’s why you really cannot help but love them.

An EP just isn’t long enough to showcase how brilliant they are. I don’t dance, but songs like God Save Mama Coco’s is enough to make me want to move my limbs in a questionable fashion. I won’t though. I’ll just pretend I have. They make music for hazy summer days and hot nights. They bring out the best in you because you really feel the music; there’s no way that you couldn’t.

But, you’re going to have to wait until Tuesday to get that kind of feeling. But if you can’t wait that long, then you can just hit up their bandcamp page here:

Ghost Pal.

14 04 2012

Dear New York, Please stop toying with my emotions. You have been producing some of the best music ever since..god knows how long. I know you do not intend of stopping (please don’t ever) but please slow it down a bit because I really cannot keep up. I’m getting sluggish in my old age. I’m assuming 25 is old age, right? The media informs me I should be having surgery around my eyes right now. Piss off. I’ll grow old gracefully, like Patti Smith. New York, this right now is an ode to you. Just look at what you’ve done, and keep doing it. My ears would be bored without you. Without Ghost Pal.

Here we go.

I hate the word “sexy.” I’ve only used it to describe a couple of songs/bands. I’m 100% sure I’ve used it to describe my main love, Alison Mosshart. I’m not apologising for that. I’m going to throw that word about again. Ghost Pal’s cover of Don’t Stop’ til You Get Enough is SEXY. In the 90s most probably used R.Kelly (bet you wished you didn’t now huh?!) now? NOW? Now you’ve got to use Ghost Pal. I’m listening to their music, and I have to say that the collection of songs on Ghost Pal Two are incredibly sexy. It is like a huge party in your ears. It is so bloody soulful. So soulful. It makes you want to unleash those moves that you save for best.

There are so many members of Ghost Pal. Past and present. It doesn’t matter who has been or is currently in the band, all that matters is that music like this is being created. With a lot of bands you can tell that it is all an act. They just make music because they want the material things. I don’t listen to music that is like that. I listen to music with heart and soul. Music that makes you feel good. Music that you can tell is created from a loving place, even if the lyrics can be heartbreaking. At least the heartbreak is genuine. I love Ghost Pal because you can tell from the first listen that this is REAL. That every element of the songs comes from a loving and honest place. They just make you feel so good. You feel brave, even when you know you are the biggest coward in life.

Ghost Pal sound, as clichéd as it may seem- sound like a dream you really do not want to wake up from. You know what it’s like, you get to the good part and you wake up. They have this huge sound, a family sound. A massive choir of joy and entirely spiritual. There is something about Ghost Pal that just makes you feel so alive.

A full length LP is coming this Summer, titled Nathan Jones is Dead. I know, amazing title. I like it. The LP is basically a rock opera (don’t knock it, it’ll be awesome.) and to quote Oliver, “about existence on both sides of the veil of death.”  As someone who pays more attention to the dead than to the living, it pretty much sounds like my ideal record. After having many musicians involved in the band, they have now stuck to being a SOLID 7 piece. For some this may seem overwhelming, for Ghost Pal it truly works. Could anyone else pull off this sound with that many members? Ah..hell no.

There is so much going on in their songs but trust me, they constantly have your attention. It pains me that music like this is always being overlooked. I guess it’s why I’m no longer interested in writing about current huge bands. They are already being heard. It’s about time someone changed all that. I’ll never change it. I’m just some Music obsessive who wants to try help a band get heard in her own little way. Hopefully you’ll go check the band out. The Summer heat will, when it comes, leave you tired and drained. So listen to Ghost Pal and collapse into the best dream you have ever had. I don’t want to wake up.

Check out their sounds right here :

They take you on a weird and lucid psychedelic trip with folk undertones. Enjoy the ride.