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The Black Ghost's "When Animals Stare" Reviewed

The Black Ghost's are the least futuristic Limey electronic duo you've ever heard. They are so restrained, so enthrall to the song, that they remind you of Yazoo circa You And Me Both, if Yazoo didn't have Alf singing.

In other words, yes, the Black Ghost's are electronic, but they are more soul than disco or pop. Lo-fi is the word people are using and since the duo, Theo Keating and Simon Lord are known as heavy beats DJ's (it sez here -out of my realm!), this is where they figure out whether they can write a beat to a song and not vice versa.

They can and if it can get a but samey after 40 minutes songs like the first two tracks, "Water Will Find A Way" and "Walking On The Moon" both of which haunt through melody and not just atmospherics.

A little later on "Even In The Darkness" is so tightly held together it strains against the edges of the song, as if any moment it could break lose. It's like it is gagging for a remix, the pitter patter drum machine could be turned up at a moments notice and the entire effect of the song is delayed gratification.

The consistency of sound, speed and style is a little offputting, a song like "Aurora Boreallis" could be a nursery rhyme, and it has the ease and pleasure but not the tone of an upbeat sky studying joy and wonder.

This is precisely what the Black Ghosts are aiming for; it is implied in their name, it is as if the band is shadowing its counter career with the sound of distance and tempo; the other part of their craft where they can throw in reggae, pop, 80s synth and still remain completely elsewhere.

Grade: B+

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