By Ray Adair

Dublin-based trio Almost Ghosts made their live return at the end of 2014 supporting Youth Mass in a sold-out Whelan’s, merely six months after a major line-up change that saw them shift from being a four-piece rock band to an indie/electronic trio. The band now consists of Mike Daly (vocals, guitar, programming), Andy McClelland (vocals, guitar, synth), and David Dooley (bass, synth, programming). Almost Ghosts release their new double a-side, ‘For This // Quiet Ground’ on Wednesday July 1st. ‘For This’ and ‘Quiet Ground’ are the first tracks produced post-genre-shift, and are an interesting medley of some very different sounds.

Recorded by Wes Tuite, known for work with Princess and The Notas, and Justin Commins linked with Kill Krinkle Club and The Star Department, at Station Studios Dublin, the tracks were mixed and mastered by Ciaran Cullen, engineer for Overhead the Albatross and Franko Franko.

The first track on this trendy double a-side is titled ‘For This’. It begins with clean chorus heavy guitars, and synth pop hooks, before pulling back for some calm, rich and at times lamenting vocals. The backing vocals in this track echo beautifully over hard hitting punchy drums and once the chorus hits you’ll be a goner, as Almost Ghosts manage to master a simultaneously chilled out and upbeat vibe.

Undeniably electro in its opening bars ‘Quiet Ground’ fuses with alt rock to create a perfectly balanced genre mash-up. Ghost like vocals feature throughout (what did we expect, it’s in the name) and floaty synths mixed with retro drums make this another feel-good track, perfect for a Sunday drive or cleaning your flat. Laid back and effortlessly cool, this track is less emotive than the former but equally as pleasant in terms of compositional value.

‘For This’ and ‘Quiet Ground’ will be streamed on Almost Ghosts’ Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp and YouTube on Wednesday July 1st.

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Almost Ghosts - For This/ Quiet Ground (Single(s) Review)

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