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The Black Ghosts The Black Ghosts

  • Words: Rob Geary
  • Label: IAMSOUND
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

With indie-electro the sound of festivals everywhere, teaming up Simon Lord of Simian and big-beat veteran Theo Keating as The Black Ghosts almost can't miss. The Ghosts start strong: "Some Way Through This" floats Lord's wispy vocals over cheap, synthesized Southern bounce strings; "Any Way You Choose to Give" dips into jacking territory complete with sing-along chorus and woodblock. The structures are poppy verse-chorus-verse all set to 4/4 beats, but Lord's sweet voice hides surprisingly witty, bitter lyrics. Midtempo ballads slightly bog down the back half of the self-titled debut, but the handclap-and-bass workout "Face" closes out on a big flourish, repeating Lord's "face the music" mantra like practice for the big summer show.

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