Soulful Ghosts have unlocked the panoramic magnificence of a quiet storm.
Today, the musical link-up of Singaporean doyenne, Vanessa Fernandez, she of the honeyed, all-powerful, dusky coo, and Australian guitarist and producer Nic Robertson, released its debut self-titled EP into the ether. An official release reveals that the duo's three-track set has its genesis in the pair's shared love for the canons-spanning magic of D’Angelo, Max Martin and Pharrell and subsequent jams that ensued between it.
Across the 11-minute runtime of their transmission, Soulful Ghosts exhibits multitudes. Each of its three songs is imbued with a distinct type of spectral magic that finds the sweet spot between beauty and devastation; each song has a rosary of images that is utterly enveloping; each song is soundtracked by the war cries of the dramatis personae (i.e. anger, hurt, reeling confusion) of the psychodrama that is love. R&B is the duo's most effective narrative device but its role within the Soulful Ghosts universe is urgent and active. None of this is background music.
New Music FridayTm releases are usually chipper and weekend-ready but Soulful Ghosts is the needle in the haystack that'll move you in a wholly different way – and draw blood.
Listen to it below.