ALBUM REVIEW: Bloc Party – Alpha Games


 

Bloc Party burst onto the UK music scene with their raucous debut album Silent Alarms in 2005, proving to be a unique act in the indie rock scene, with a collection of uptempo songs blending contemporary post-punk with art rock. The band immediately resonated with a new generation in a similar way that contemporaries such as Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines had, largely helped by the flamboyant personality and distinct vocal style of frontman Kele Okereke. The record went platinum in its first year as the band were championed on mainstream UK radio by the likes of Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, with a buzz also being created in the States where extensive touring followed.

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ALBUM REVIEW: A Deer A Horse – Grind


From the very first second of the new cut from A Deer A Horse, I was instantly transported. I was instantly back in high school riding a skateboard and skipping school to check out records with my bros. The tracks presented here are so reminiscent of the good old days of grunge and punk. The angst-driven lyrics; the minimalistic approach. I really got into the tones of the guitar. They are very cool and melodic which gives them their own awesome presence.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Royal Blood – Typhoons


From the moment of Royal Blood’s self-titled debut seven years ago, the Bristolian duo’s rise was meteoric. Their music is simple, brutal, and effective – taking inspiration from Queens of the Stone Age and The White Stripes and combining big hooks, tasty riffs, and volume to full effect. This beefed-up take on indie rock can only take you so far though, so on the new album Typhoons (Warner Records), they looked toward Dance and Disco to broaden their sound. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: NOÊTA – Elm


 

NOÊTA is a duo based between Norway and Sweden and consisting of multi-instrumentalists Ândris and Êlea, the latter of whom also provides vocals. Their music is an intriguing hybrid of dark folk and dark ambient styles, with just a hint of black metal seeping in around the edges.

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Gregg Sgar – “Signs (Acoustic Reimagined)”


New Jersey’s own award winning singer-songwriter Gregg Sgar has released a new version of his previous single “Signs (Acoustic Reimagined)” here at Ghost Cult. Recast as a more contemplative, yet still fiery take on the track, the newly cast song features a focus on Greg’s amazing voice and ability to deliver a heart-breaking phrase across his impressive multi-octave range. “Signs” follows his previous single “Don’t Go Outside” which showed off another side to the artist as well. The acclaimed producer and songwriter was the winner of the prestigious 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and you can hear why on this track.

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Shawn Perry – “Six Feet Apart”


Ghost Cult is bringing you the premiere of a brand new song from Shawn Perry – “Six Feet Apart”. This ode to love in the time of the pandemic is a funny and fun summertime jam. Check out the single and the visualizer here!

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PODCAST: Episode 92 – Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code on “Memento Mori”


Ghost Cult caught up with Binary Code leader and guitarist Jesse Zuretti to chat all about his new album, releasing this week, May 15th. The three-year journey to release the record was an arduous one for Jesse and he had many personal issues to overcome. He did so with the help of making music, which, if you hear this new album, is amazing. Jesse went into depth about the ordeal he went through, his creative process, how each member of this band and team stepped on this album on every level, working with producer Aaron Smith (7Horns7Eyes) the songwriting process, their cover of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You”, their abandoned (for now) covers EP, how Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy/Nevermore) came to play on the album, making music as a composer for Marvel Entertainment and more. Warning: this podcast contains a frank discussion of suicide and mental illness and may cause some distress to the listener. You can pre-order Memento Mori here and listen to our chat now!Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Emma Garell – “Mother May I”


Ghost Cult has teamed up with Indie singer/songwriter Emma Garell for the debut of her new music video for the song ‘Mother May I’! The surrealistic video is both jarring and drowsy, set against this hypnotic, catchy earworm of a song. Emma’s vocal talents call to mind a mix of a young Lucinda Williams and Ani DiFranco with a ton of moxie and deep lyrics. The song will entrance you and act as the perfect foil for the visuals! Watch the video right now! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: ÆGES – Drømmen


Los Angeles-based act Æges is a genre-defying group of guys that are turning heads in multiple music scenes. This budding band has flourished in the last few years because they have a remarkable ability to avoid being pigeonholed. Now, this ear-catching gang is ready to independently release their fourth full-length album, Drømmen (Self-Released). The animation and spirit presented on their last release, Weightless (Another Century), which came out in 2016, is taken to a deeper level on this new record. They are showcasing their exploration of new energy by making some real, heartfelt pieces. Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Swandy – “Anchor”


Johannesburg based electro-Rock band Swandy (members of Pollinator, Running with Scissors) released their debut EP, The Second Shift on October 5th 2019. The band has some series Alternative, Synthwave and even Punk vibes to it at times. Watch the clip for their new video, ‘Anchor’, right now! Continue reading