Brooklyn-based group Yellow Ostrich pretty much gives away how their latest extended play, Ghost, will make any given listener feel overall, just by naming it that. It's nothing short of ethereal as a whole, albeit in a mellow, pleasant, and not at all ominous way. From the title track's cliché, eerie electric pipe organ to the relative lack of heavier percussion throughout the recording except for "Chills" and the hauntingly overextended, resonating syllables sung on each and every track on the EP (especially in the chorus of "Here Today" and throughout most of "Already Gone"), Ghost makes for a listening experience that almost feels like a complaisant, emotional hearkening to the a trio of - you guessed it, ghosts.
This is one of those recordings that can really make you sympathize and/or empathize with the artist(s), based on your own circumstances. Either way, for those with considerably weaker sentimentalities like myself, it does turn out to be a potential tearjerker. The first track, which happens to be the eponymous "Ghost," takes us into frontman Alex Schaafs not-so-peachy relationship and we are reminded of just how uncertain love can sometimes turn out to be - and consequentially hurt at least one of the parties involved, if not both. Schaaf sings as if the love he's lost has left him nothing more than a ghost of his former self; we are compelled to let his words move us in a way that again, if we're soft enough, leads to at least a couple sincerely sympathetic and/or empathetic sobs. Awesome way to start off a recording, huh?
The next five tracks in a way build off of "Ghost;" our sentiments capitalize as Mike Tapper and Jon Natchez harmoniously join in the vocals and, depending on how you look at it, either sympathize with Schaaf or empathetically tell their own, similarly dreary stories as beings in their own love afterlives. Ghost is definitely not a recording that you'd want to listen to in search of a cheerful experience, but if you do end up in one of those funks (particularly romantic ones) where the whole misery-loves-company attitude rears its ugly head, it really comes through here - as a great potential cheer-up!
Watch the music video for "Ghost:"
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