Album (p)review: Crooked Ghost – Skeleton House

Crooked Ghost - Skeleton House album cover

While this album was initially released last year, it gets a vinyl launch next month and is well worth checking out if you are looking to add to you collection.

This North Carolina group’s influences aren’t hard to spot on Skeleton House if you like The Cure or The Smiths, but it’s still a solid work in it’s own right, drawing on low-key sombre guitars, with a dreamy yet lamenting quality.

Singer Ray Clark evokes memories of Alison Moyet at times, and even a less bombastic version Muse’s Matt Bellamy during more energetic times. Clever use of guitars show a broad range of styles, from stacatto plucking in Body In Stars, some excellent loud-soft arrangements on Only Nightmares, and languid dreaminess on Black Cat and Skeleton House.

Yet it is on the slow build tracks such as Catch Fire and Roadkill where the band really comes alive with driving rhythms building to impressive crescendo.

Vinyl launch date: 15 February 2019

Rating: 7/10

Standout track: Catch Fire

For fans of:

  • The Cure
  • The Smiths
  • Siouxsie And The Banshees

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