Label: This Is ForeverScore: 7.5/10
Said to be inspired by horror films from the early part of the twentieth century, romanticising the paranormal and the melancholic lives of ghosts, this latest two track offering from Manchester’s Winter Son doesn’t vex up the sense of hauntology in the way city dwellers Demdike Stare have done. The music presented contains feelings of life, as if death came too quick and there is yet more to offer.
Title track ‘Here is a Ghost’ supplies life through a jittery melodic synth that meanders convolutely to the fore and away again. Its psychedelic anger akin to works by James Holden and Nathan Fake in their prime. The repetitive bassline is deep and resounding, containing the sort of power that can never be fully appreciated through headphones. Incessant percussion is something of a trademark slicked across all of his tracks, here though it is kept at bay, allowing the more melodic side to shine.
‘Almost a Phantom’ begins in a positive light. The powerful bass again present, along with deep rolling chords and softly set hi hats. Though following the main breakdown the filtered down organ whines into action with off kilter cadences that create a chilling aura, reminiscent of a lifeless exorcism that is quickly dealt with.
Its an EP with a strong identity, strengthened further through its specially packaged CD release, each equipped with a unique page from Victorian ghost story book via This is Forever. The devil’s in the details, it’s just unclear whether it’s still alive or not.
You can grab your copy exclusively here: http://iamwinterson.bandcamp.com/album/here-is-a-ghost