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Dead Letters Spell out Dead Words - Old Ghosts ,New Ghosts, All Ghosts [iDEAL Recordings - 2006]

Old Ghosts, New Ghosts, All Ghosts is the musical equivalent of 4am on a rainy autumn morning with your mind shrouded in melancholy tiredness. This is music hatched from emotional turmoil that’s dried out, leaving one feeling somehow empty and very lost. The music is spectral and ghostly like the shadow of a departed lovers hand or their laughter in the Conner of you psyche.

The soundworld with-in is one of looped barely moving dusty drones, broken and clouded once grand musically themes and tired melodic reaches. With clock ticking dusty trapped rhythms or tired sorrow filled looped wind chime rattle. Once dramatic and hopeful Melodies appear here, but out of focus and aged  by too many nights sat awake, the settling dust of a once great love, and the slow crawling dread you could be alone for  ever more. Yes this will hardly have your rolling out of the door singing “Happy, Joy, Joy” to the world, this comes right from the lowest emotional ebb. But the thing is it’s done with such conviction and grim focus, you can sense  the creator of this literal pulling them self’s apart in front of your.

Often gruelling and sorrowful, but always  beautiful in it’s own out-of-time and dead hope way. Certainly not one to even think about approaching if your in emotional turmoil, but for those of us who enjoy music that paints sorrow and regret with such detail and honesty this is a must.

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Roger Batty
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