We Have A Ghost – Self Titled

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Providing a kaleidoscope of electronic expression through persistently evocative snap shots of life and emotional intimacy, the self-titled debut album from We Have A Ghost offers plenty about its creator but still merely hints at the mystery. Preferring to let his music do the talking, the artists behind the project is an anonymous protagonist but the crafter of some of the richest incitements for ears and imagination to be cast this year. Each track is an insight into a diverse appetite for sound and adventure, individual spotlights which draw on the widest array of styles and atmospherically fuelled hues. It is a fascinating proposition which makes the intrigue to know more as intense as the pleasure gained from the ten transfixing aural pictures.

The album follows the release of Insomnia and Safe, both available on the artist’s Bandcamp profile. Released via Bleeding Light Records, this is the official debut album and easy to suspect the key to a much more potent spotlight and recognition for We Have A Ghost. The predominantly instrumental release opens with The Secret, a shadowed and almost sinister piece of magnetic music which lures the appetite in deeper with its rolling stretch of excited rhythms. As it evolves the dark drama is aligned to an exotic climate of electronic sighs and expulsions, each burrowing into the psyche with exploratory intent and provocative suggestiveness. Thoughts run with the bait like a child with a new toy, the imagination constantly painting and re-inventing its own narrative with the mysterious enticement offered.

The following Computerrok explores a more industrial influence, its cyber expression and firm rhythms related to a Landscape like design though essences of Nine Inch Nails get in on the compelling act too. The potent rhythmic stride of coverthe track ensures the electro rock track is an insatiable coaxing whilst the crystalline beauty and melodic revelry of the track simply inflames the senses. The following Electric Blanket is the same but in a totally different way, its slow caress of melodic whispers and the almost monotonic vocals casting a hypnotic somnambulation for ears and senses. It is a sublime glide through atmospheric seduction which is matched and then left standing by the outstanding dark beauty of The Incident. Driven by the haunted and delicious, almost portentous bass lure, the track again flirts with sinister colouring as its noir enriched drama unfurls around the imagination. Is it an accident, a scarring emotional moment, or a dark tragedy…thoughts playing with each and more across every visit of its riveting danger hinting landscape.

Through the piano sculpted It Is What It Is with its melancholic air and reflective expression, and the synth pop enticement of Walk Away the album continues to ignite ears and imagination potently. The first of the two fails to match its predecessors in evocative weight and lingering resonance yet still leaves a new wave of hunger for the project whilst its successor with an eighties flavour to its captivating embrace, sparks another heated dose of satisfaction and ardour for the encounter. Another rare song utilising the fine voice of its creator, the track is like a mix of Ultravox and China Crisis cast in the melody enriched ambient resourcefulness of Silhouettes. It mesmerises and seduces from ears to passions, painting another irresistible highlight within the release.

Meadow comes next to takes thoughts into a new warm and constantly expanding adventure, its unpredictable rhythmic contagion and soaring flames of electronic and melodic sound within sultry yet undefined and haunting scenery, a smouldering cinematic glimpse which worms deeper in thoughts with every listen. As all the tracks there is never a single theme or exploit which is bred in the imagination, each piece of music a teasing ever shifting mirror on a different premise as epitomised by To Begin Again. It can feel like the soundtrack to a psychological horror, the colour to emotional fallout, or an apocalyptic soundscape undecided between a future or the total demise of being, just three examples conjured listening to the album. It is a dark and immersive weave of dark emotions and inventively persuasive sounds which leaves you emotionally unsure yet comforted. From the previous song the album takes on a much deeper darkest to its pieces of music and presence, Marymoor Park which follows another darkly evocative refection of artist and more so inner feelings and thoughts within the listener. The track is like a gentle but persistent voice in the head, its presence bringing insecurity but also a portrait of a lonely soul within a big expanse of life. It is another track in this final stretch which fails to light ears as impressively as early songs yet thoughts and feelings are wholly seduced by its coaxing.

The album closes with Sleepy Cells, a piece of music with classical walls and a distorted innocence which as all tracks encases senses and imagination in a poetic constantly moving drama which leaves a basking satisfaction It is a fine end to an album which is almost in two halves. Its first few songs energetic tempting for body as well as imagination and its latter part soaked in an ingenuity working on mind and deep emotions. Combined it is a thrilling experience which leaves a persistently lingering imprint.

The debut album of We Have A Ghost is available digitally and on Ltd Ed varied coloured vinyl now at http://bleedinglightrecords.bandcamp.com/album/we-have-a-ghost

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8.5/10

RingMaster 22/07/2014

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