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By Mary Chang
on Monday, 16th November 2015 at 10:00 am
It’s good to be Ghostpoet. He has three studio albums to his name – 2011’s ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, and this year’s ‘Shedding Skin’, released in March – and now two of them have been nominated for a Mercury Prize.
We won’t know who has won the gong until next Friday, the 20th of November, but in the meantime, he and his ‘people’ have been kind enough to make his newest single from ‘Shedding Skin’, ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’ free. Yes, this is not a drill! Follow the link below to get it for your very own.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 17th June 2015 at 6:00 pm
2011 Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet released his third album ‘Shedding Skin’ back in March. (Read Carrie’s review of the LP here.) He’ll be releasing his next single ‘Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me’ on the 31st of July on PIAS, described in the press release as “A reflective narrative sees Ghostpoet weave tales of a one-night stand, articulating the awkwardness, hand in hand with wanting something more meaningful.”
The song features guest vocals from singer/songwriter Lucy Rose. Ahead of the release, he’s revealed a black and white promo for the single. Watch the video below.
London-based Ghostpoet has just announced a new single from his recent album ‘Shedding Skin’. Titled ‘X Marks the Spot’, the new song features vocals from Nadine Shah, and the accompanying video is the result of an Open Shoot collaboration between Ghostpoet and men’s fashion company Topman in which participants were invited via social media to contribute photographs, videos or sketches to the project.
If you’re intrigued by ‘X Marks the Spot’, you can hear the project collaborators discussing the project further in the additional video beneath. For past coverage on Ghostpoet, go here.
‘Shedding Skin’ is the title of a new LP released by Ghostpoet, the London-based vocalist and electro producer whose debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’ was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize. His second studio attempt, 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, seemed to fall victim to the all-but-inevitable sophomore slump, but Ghostpoet has regained some lost momentum with this third album, perhaps as a result of shedding the heavy expectations set forth early in his career.
Throughout ‘Shedding Skin’, Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) matches the smooth groove of the bass with his languid baritone, setting a mood that manages to be at once blissfully chill and delightfully sensual. The slightly warmer feel in comparison to the earlier albums is undoubtedly down to the instrumental arrangements in the recording, which for the first time in Ghostpoet’s studio repertoire include live musicians from his touring band (Joe Newman on guitar, John Calvert on bass and John Blease on drums). The self-produced album also features cameo vocal appearances from Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Melanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Paul Smith of Maximo Park.
‘Shedding Skin’ is perhaps less brash than ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’ and less darkly morose than ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, but it is more emotionally mature, both in its subject matter and its musical expression. One of the more extended tracks on the album ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’ contains several lyrical phrases that seem to get to the heart of what the album is all about, particularly the lines “my heart wants to be free / back flip and somersault / be careless of me / but life gets in the way / my past won’t let go of me / I’m frightened away”.
Opening track ‘Off Beat Dreams’ features Ghostpoet’s trippy beat poetry vocal delivery over stacked piano chords and a softly wailing guitar riff that develops into a fully-realised solo by the end of the track. Title track ‘Shedding Skin’ is more ominously bass-oriented, the foundational groove providing depth under the duet vocals in the chorus “you think you know me / you never know me / simmer down”.
In the grittier musical context of ‘That Ring Down the Drain Kind of Feeling’, the raspy female vocal intones the phrase “I’m back where I started / I’m back where I started again / left broken-hearted / but maybe my heart’s on the mend / then again…”, which leads into the quicker tempo and sharper-tongued lyrics of the next track ‘Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me’. Ghostpoet ratchets up the raw sensuality near the end of the album in the alliterative ‘The Pleasure in Pleather’.
The soaring instrumental arrangement behind final track ‘Nothing in the Way’ leaves the listener with a serene sense of warmth and optimism, which perhaps best captures the underlying tone of ‘Shedding Skin’. Even in the album’s faster paced and more strident moments, the songs have an air of calm self-assurance that comes from experience, both personal and professional. Having shed the skin of early expectation, Ghostpoet has here evolved toward the full potential of his songwriting talent.
Ghostpoet‘s third LP ‘Shedding Skin’ is out now on PIAS. He will support the album release with an April tour of the UK and Ireland; find all those live dates here.
London-based vocalist and electro musician Ghostpoet has announced a list of April tour dates to follow the release of his new album ‘Shedding Skin’ on the 2nd of March. You can watch the video for the album’s first single ‘Off Peak Dreams’ in editor Mary’s Video of the Moment feature from yesterday. Tickets for the following shows go on sale today, Friday the 16th of January, at 9 AM.
Past TGTF coverage on the Mercury Prize-nominated artist is here.
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Dublin Button Factory
Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Friday 3rd April 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Saturday 4th April 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Sunday 5th April 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Monday 6th April 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Thursday 9th April 2015 – London Brixton Electric
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 15th January 2015 at 6:00 pm
Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet will be releasing his third album ‘Shedding Skin’ on the 2nd of March on PIAS. Ahead of that, he’s revealed the first single from the LP, ‘Off Peak Dreams’, which has a bit of an unconventional video: it was filmed using a budget of £2068, the average monthly salary in the UK. He explained the promo to Q:
I’ve always been observant. On the last record, I was looking much more inwardly, why I’d done things and trying to put that down on paper, the woes of life, of my life. With this one I thought, ‘You know what? I want to go back to what I was doing on the first record’ which was about observing life,” he explains. “I find it quite interesting [trying to get a sense of] current climate. There’s just a general feeling in the air at the moment: things are shit. So many people are unemployed, people’s standard of living isn’t as they would like it.
Watch the video below.