Holy Ghost! are an electro duo out of Brooklyn, New York. Hipster central, I know, but don’t judge it just yet, because this is some unpretentiously fun dance music, with a real groove behind it. And it’s not the kind of dance music you’d hear in some kind of normal pop nightclub either. You know that moment when you walk in and think “I’ve heard this before – a million times before. I don’t even know this song, but I’ve heard it because it sounds THE SAME AS EVERYTHING ELSE” – you know that moment? Well this isn’t like that moment at all.
The strong bass line helps carry the song’s momentum, and the choir in the background that eventually comes in really lifts it onto a new level. If the song wasn’t so groovy, the keyboard riff would sound cliched, like it was from some dodgy old-school hip-hop track. Fortunately, that’s not how it comes across at all, and it just kind of all works. Somehow.
Stream or grab a free download of “Some Children” over at Pitchfork! (Who are incidentally just celebrating their 15th birthday – happy birthday P4k!)
Thom played these live at a solo gig last night (depending where you are). I think it’s fairly safe to assume they’re stripped down new Radiohead songs, considering they’ve been working on a new LP recently.
“The Daily Mail”
A stripped down piano rendition. You know, even though people always make jokes about Coldplay and Muse copying Radiohead (or some other variation of the joke), I’ve never seem the strong similarities there apparently are. Maybe the vocal styles of Matt Bellamy and Yorke are slightly similar. But I digress. If anything, these songs will probably be done up for the album and sound completely different recorded. But as a live rendition on the piano, I can see where a Coldplay comparison might originate from. Though I think this sounds better than a lot of Coldplay’s stuff.
“Give Up The Ghost”
Looped backing vocals bring out a delicate sounding track. Sounds like top-quality material.
“Mouse Dog Bird”
Great song dominated by acoustic guitar.
I’m sure these songs are going to sound infinitely better once they’re recorded with the full-band and put on an LP, but for now, these solo stripped-back versions are going to have to tide us fans over. And even at this level, they sound very good.