Single: Lullaby + Warning[remix]/Turn to Run [acoustic live]
I blogged enthusiastically about Amy's Ghost's appearance at Brighton Live Festival a week or so ago. You may remember I was quite exercised by the quality of their performance.
I'm thrilled to be able to tell you Amy has kindly sent me the band's single and that I'm no less impressed by their recorded material than their stage presence.
"Lullaby" is a poppy workout somewhat in that post-rock style purveyed by the likes of Evanescence, and lays out their stall admirably by briefly signposting all the band members' individual talents in turn - percussion, keyboards, Amy's remarkable vocals and then cello right from the word 'Go'.
It is quite good enough as a song to chart if the band should be lucky enough to be picked up by a major music paper or featured widely enough on the radio. This is, of course, a big 'if' but that's the nature of today's music scene. There's so much good talent producing brilliant music, while the Biz looks the other way in search of pretty boy/girl bands who are willing to don the fashions being pushed by the market of the day and be exploited for all they're worth for the a few months, then dropped when the next trend comes along.
I'm sure Amy's Ghost wouldn't fit into this category of band even if they wanted to be exposed in this way - they are far too individual a sound and would not be malleable enough for the manipulators. No, I think they're going to make it by hard graft - and I feel this single sets them off on the right path.
Interestingly, if anything, the 'B-sides' [or whatever they're called these days] of 'Lullaby' could prove even more important in pointing up their unusual talents as a band. 'Warning' is almost an a capella performance for Amy, but with instrumentation added as a supplement to provide a dramatic setting for her voice. The cello is particularly haunting - it almost sounds like a bit from Steve Reich's minimalistic masterpiece 'Different Trains'. 'Turn to Run' provides the same function - this time turning the focus in the direction of the very high quality percussionist in the band.
I must repeat that I'm extremely impressed by this opening offering from the band. It would be a great thing if they had some success in the near future. This can be hastened by you, dear reader. Just check out their myspace page and listen to the tunes on their player, then tell your friends about it. If you're anywhere near Reading [that's pronounced 'Redding', for our friends across the pond!] you might get along to 'The Global' on November 6th for the Single's Launch Party. Otherwise watch the page for details of how it's being marketed.
Go On Punk - Make My Day... by making 'Lullaby' a great big phat hit!