The Sound of Ghosts was initially comprised of spouses James and Anna Orbison alongside guitarist Ernesto Rivas. Since their founding in 2014, the LA-based folk-rockers have expanded their sound considerably with the contributions of drummer Jon Sarna and multi-instrumentalist Phoebe Silva.
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Right now, the United States, as well as the world, is going through harrowing times. Whether you are looking at the current state of division in politics, towards natural disasters, or the encouragement of hate groups, there is no shortage of discouraging news hitting our feeds at every blink of an eye.
When times get tough like this, you can always rely on music as an artistic expression that won’t go down without a fight. It manifests itself in different ways, whether it’s calling for peace and passiveness, or telling its listeners not to back down and to say their part against injustice forthrightly.
“Autophøbia” is the latest song from Brooklyn duo NØMADS; the group has been releasing a song a month as part of its Phøbiac EP project. Joining frontman Nathan Lithgow (My Brightest Diamond) is Brian Wolfe (David Byrne and St. Vincent, the Dap Kings). The accompanying video captures the pair performing in an abandoned Catholic school’s furnace room, adding to the track’s already haunting nature.
Canada’s Gabrielle Papillon has long stood as a remarkable singer/songwriter, and her upcoming sixth LP, Keep the Fire, maintains that excellence. Having heard the whole thing, I can attest to its wonderful mixture of dense, rustic instrumentation, bittersweet yet empowered singing, and captivatingly confessional lyricism. While each piece succeeds in its own ways, arguably the best track in the sets is the title track, which Papillon is now premiering ahead of the collection’s 13 October release date (on UK label the state51 Conspiracy). With its boisterous and dynamic arrangement, catchy chorus, and engaging sentiments, it’s guaranteed to ignite something meaningful within you, too.
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