ALBUM REVIEW: Carol Hodge – Savage Purge

Songwriters are often in pursuit of honesty. They want to express the contents of their souls with authenticity and truth. However, these expressions are often refracted through lenses of ambiguity which can leave the listener guessing as to the real truth at the source. It is perhaps less common, and maybe more courageous, for a songwriter to tell us what’s really going on in their day-to-day thoughts without hiding beneath the mystery of their poetry. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Wino – Forever Gone

As much as Wino deserves his doom godfather status for fronting groups like The Obsessed and Saint Vitus, there’s something to be said for his more recent singer/songwriter excursions. Whether going it alone or with such collaborators as Conny Ochs, the acoustic style suits him surprisingly well and the volume contrast brings a fuller perspective to his haggard lifer persona. This is especially true for his third album, Forever Gone (Ripple Music), which may be his most low-key effort to date. 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

PODCAST: Episode 73: BRKN Love Discusses Debut Album

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Justin Benlolo, the progenitor of the band BRKN Love, who released their debut, self-titled album on February 14th via Spinefarm Records. Although young in years, Justin has actually been working at his craft and releasing albums for many years after coming out Toronto, living all over the country and eventually landing in Los Angeles. We chatted with Justin about his modest start, how the group formed around him into a full band, rather than a solo project, the issues he has had to overcome to get his music in front of people, working with producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), his approach to touring and more.

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ALBUM REVIEW: William DuVall – One Alone

If you only know William DuVall from his time in Alice In Chains, you might have missed out on his multifaceted musical career spanning over thirty years. From Hardcore Punk, post-Grunge, RnB, and producer of other artists, he has run the gamut of styles, and often making everyone around him glimmer too. That’s why on his debut solo album One Alone, (DVL Records), it’s so refreshing to hear him just as the title indicates and armed only with his singular voice, and acoustic guitar to bring these eleven tracks to life.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Serendipity – “So Wise”

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Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the new single from indie singer/songwriter Serendipity today. The artist cut her teeth in the NorCal slam poetry scene as well as multiple cross country road trip, honing her craft and finding her voice. The confessional tone of the music and vulnerability the writing is something you often don’t see from an emerging artist. “So Wise” comes from her forthcoming debut album Honey, an elven-track expose on her life and coming-of-age in a turbulent, unforgiving world, yet seeing the old world but through young eyes. Check out ‘Soo Wise’ right now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

The music business is ugly, hard, and not for everyone. You hear this over and over from industry types and even some artists. Still, it’s hard to not pine for the days when record labels were really putting a priority on A & R (artist and repertoire), and nurturing tomorrow’s important groundbreaking artists. Sargent House is one of the few labels that allows talented people to find themselves over and over again. They release music that makes it easy to care and be passionate as fans. Like the iconic graphic on their logo, sometimes you get the snake, sometimes you get the sweet cup of wine. Once in a while, both. One of those artists you get both sweet and bitter with is the fantastic enigma that is Chelsea Wolfe. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Travis Hayes – “Sad Songs”

Singer-songwriter Travis Hayes is releasing his brand new album later this week, Sleepless. His second album looks to build on the promise of his debut and features more of his folk-rock songcraft and the distinctive voice that has seen him earn accolades from the press and spots at festivals like SXSW, Noise Pop, Off Beat, Phono del Sol and Ocean Beach Music & Arts. Stream ‘Sad Songs’ right now! Continue reading

Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) To Release Solo Country Album This Winter

As previously reported by Ghost Cult, Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) will released his long-worked on Blues/Outlaw Country album this winter. The Long Road Home will see release via Earache Records on February 17th, and Danny has booked a record release show on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Antimatter – The Judas Table

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With Anathema bassist and song-writer Duncan Patterson having left the Antimatter project in the sole hands of former writing partner Mick Moss a decade ago, The Judas Table (Prophecy) is the sixth release under the Antimatter banner, and the third of Moss’ own making – the initial triumvirate featuring a split of compositions and recordings made by the pair mainly in isolation of each other – and continues the move to a more organic melancholy, leaving further behind the electronica that had featured in their earlier material.

Introverted and disappointed (though not disappointing), Moss uses The Judas Table as a cathartic vehicle to share his dissatisfaction with the people and situations he encounters in life, along with the betrayals and frustrations that he faces; “Just another dream that died…” he laments in ‘Stillborn Empires’.

Wholeheartedly earnest, there is no mistaking the feeling and conviction in Moss’ unassuming vocals, vulnerable on ‘Little Piggy’, a heartfelt song that builds from simple acoustic and vocal origins, or the more powerful, though still emanating a fractured soul, oration in the title track, his baritone meshing with a haunting female vocal and cello accompaniment.

The Judas Table invites reflection, it opens a forum to analyse loss and betrayal, and is a catalyst for melancholy, yet in a therapeutic way; there is something cleansing and uplifting about the introspection and realisation that occurs during the musings propagated by the subtle and underplayed despondent art rock Moss has produced. On ‘Hole’, the stark staging and gentle progression is as effective as Moss’ gets, sincere and sparse, just a voice and a guitar until the song spreads and breathy female vocals accompany a coda that slips away as delicately as it was constructed. Indeed, most of the songs here develop and sprout from clean guitar strums and soulful male vocals, building through adding strings and synths, and, at its core, are about the sharing of feelings, of sadness.

It goes without saying The Judas Table is not an album for all occasions, but its beauty and melancholy has a place and time with genuine and heartfelt emotions, it is a reserved and affecting soundtrack to reflection.

 

8.0/10

 

STEVE TOVEY