The old idiom, “silence is deafening”, is obviously intended to be figurative, but it can often seem to ring literally true.
If you close your eyes, plug your ears, virtually blocking out all external stimuli, you hear the rush pulsing through your veins. It’s a sound that’s faintly horrifying in a way, but oh so literally life-affirming. And so it is throughout “Lament”, the latest single from Suffolk trio These Ghosts.
Ushered in and carried through by a deep, vacillating synth drone and nary much else, “Lament” conveys itself as an end of days rumination; gaze fixed on the naked, scorched Earth, the sky’s expanse having never appeared so vast, the only sounds coming from within. Enigmatically gorgeous and unsettling, Calum Duncan’s spectral vocals offer a ghostly elegant counterpoint to the vacant gravity of his surroundings.
Still The Waves is released on 15 September courtesy of NX Records. Catch the band live this weekend at Latitude Festival (The Alcove Stage, 20 July) as well as on the following dates:
24 July – Redfest, Austin, Texas
9 August - The Old Blue Last, London
27 August - The Waiting Room, London (w/ Holy Esque)