Ghost Stories is an album where rock merges with more subtler forms of music. This includes some forms of folk that lay somewhere below the at times fierce drumming and guitar playing. A distorted guitar does not necessarily need to be avoided. The same goes for the singing. This fits rock as well as folk.
I am a Rocketship is a duo based in Atalanta. Singer L E Kippner and partner in crime Eric Weissinger. He was a side kick for many bands over the years until meeting Kippner. This is the duo's third album, that was intended to as an EP. The songs simply kept poring out after the title song was written on Weissinger's "new" 1949 Gibson guitar.
The result is an album that has a few faces. Soft pop songs are alternated with songs with complex rhythms moving towards the hard rock segment of music. It makes Ghost Stories a divers album that distinctly grows when played louder. This is not an album to play softly. For that the drumming, bass and guitars are too demanding. It is Kippner's voice that remains subtle. The interesting mix Ghost Stories offers. I will not go as far that she could replace Karen Carpenter should her brother Richard decide to return to the stage, but it is not extremely wide of the mark. Let's face it, 'Crush' could be an Abba song with only very minor changes, i.e. the drums would be toned down (considerably). It is a perfect pop song that is easy to sing along to. (It even has "Take a chance" in the lyrics.)
|Promo photo: Katja Bjorn|
Ghost Stories as a whole presents rock. The band kicks in the distortion pedals as soon as it can. What it doesn't forget along the way is to infuse its music with a pop melody and most songs when all is said and done can be played with an acoustic guitar, allowing for a folk element somewhere deep down in the songs. Rock is the word though that comes to mind first. The dark kind. The fun kind.
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