Ghosty

Three Pop Songs

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Ghosty's second EP, Three Pop Songs, is exactly that: three pop songs -- three fantastic, shifting, melodic, textured, and clever pop songs recorded in a "proper" studio during a weekend in August 2002, instead of the living room where the band's first effort, The Five Short Minutes EP, was recorded. Although The Five Short Minutes EP sounded far above the quality one would expect from a home recording, having technology on Ghosty's side during the making of this short collection demonstrates what the band is truly capable of presenting. It is understandably much more polished and serves as an impressive display of conscience and coordinated mastery. Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Connor takes the opportunity to work with layered guitars and showcase his vocal control and melodic thinking via the complex harmonies on "Henry Green" and "Hey! Somebody," the latter of which jumps from space rock to tight indie rock, similar to what an artier Sloan might sound like, and morphs for a quick jaunt down a bouncy Elephant 6 collective/Of Montreal-type road, smoothly switching back and forth with an effortless zeal. Richard Gintowt's lyrical drumming brings to mind the complex riffing of Built to Spill's rhythm sovereign, Scott Plouf, while Jacob Baum's tasteful bass subtleties round out the tunes. Joe Knapp, Daniel Knapp, and Landon Hedges of the Saddle Creek Records band Son, Ambulance all make cameos via the piano, synth, and E-Bowed guitar tracks they supplied, and the result is a marriage of harmonious delight. The songwriting is stronger here than on The Five Short Minutes EP, and the bandmembers' confidence in molding their three separate and distinct approaches into a single vision has grown quickly and comfortably at this early stage in Ghosty's career.

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