YEAR OF THE POET, PART DEUX:
How to describe Ghostpoet’s style: deceptively simple, with emotional bite. A laid back, slurred yet seemingly assured flow compelling you into the mindset of his characters. I could listen to him talk fur dayzes.
He is, in my hardly humble opinion, one of the most interesting artists I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year. Notice how I didn’t say ‘ interesting UK Urban Artist?’
And don’t you just love it when good artists have great videos to boot? ‘Cash and Carry Me Home’ is the first single off his new album. Pitch black background, neon bottles dangling on strings and florescent lights conjure up thoughts of an adult Tinie Tempah versing about alcoholism, sitting comfy on a moody dub-electro beat. Do watch this.
I had the pleasure of watching him live at the Macbeth on Friday; despite battling bad sound and a packed but ambivalent crowd he cracked out a stonker of a set. A killer drummer, a bassist/guitarist whose licks gave a few winks to Tame Impala, accompanied Ghostpoet, himself on Korg FX machines, his delivery sounding not far from a modern Roots Manuva. If his album is anywhere as good as his set a lot of people are going to be excited about his fellow in the next few months.
His album Peanut Butter Jams and Melancholy Blues is dropping February 7, but if you really need to hear more from him like right now, you can download his Free EP from here: http://soundcloud.com/brownswood/sets/ghostpoet-the-sound-of-strangers-ep-free-download it includes a loverly track produced by and featuring Micachu. This next live performance’s 17th Feb at the Electrowerks. Get involved.