While researching that most recent Friday Night Videos post, I came across That Ghost. I honestly have no idea how it happened, but I’m so glad that it did. The music is remarkably eclectic in style and mood, but all similarly – and comfortingly – low-fi. From the sleepy sounds of “Going Out When It’s Warm At Night” (video below) – which answers the question “Hey! What if Hope Sandoval were a boy?” – to the jangly, fuzzy, help-the-70s-have-exploded-in-my-iPod sounds of “The Red Bow” and “Never Have Fun,” That Ghost knows how to take you places. The sounds remind me of his native California… or, rather, the California of movies and dreams. There’s a slackness to the sound – but not the writing – that exudes the languidness that one would expect to find on some imaginary beach, as the sun drifts lazily over boys and girls at play.
You can check out That Ghost on his myspace page, or find some of his releases at Twosyllable Records. There’s also an excellent interview/podcast over at The Bay Bridged that’s well worth checking out. But for now, you can follow me for a couple of free tracks and a video: