The Ghost of Paul Revere
GOOD AT LOSING EVERYTHING
Left Field Lo-Fi Americana Full of Light and Shade.
While the stable this album came from knows my tastes better than most; and only sends things they ‘know’ I will like; it’s still somehow sat around the RMHQ Office waiting patiently for my attention, without ever wondering why I’ve listened to something much more ordinary.
But yesterday; the day after release …. I did play it and ……. WOW ….. WOOooooooSH and indeed WOWSER!
It quite took my breath away.
As is my won’t, the first track on a new album has to catch my attention for me to carry on listening …… and Good at Losing Everything, with it’s Gospelish opening; a stunning banjo retort and a singer who sounds like he’s only stopped crying seconds before entering the studio almost took my breath away.
Of course it’s a sad song; check the title out …… but the way the words are delivered make it brittley beautiful in a tattered and tragic kind of way.
I’m five hours into the album now and while The Ghost of Paul Revere aren’t quite as Alt. Country as I’d first thought; they are the epitome of Lo-Fi Americana in the way the songs tell their intimate and romantic (with a small r) stories of the people that inhabit their world.
Check out One of These Days or Diving Bell to hear what I’m talking about; and even the quirky arrangements on Travel On fit that bill too.
My copy doesn’t tell me who sings what; but all three core members (Max Davis [banjo], Sean McCarthy [bass], and Griffin Sherry [guitar] all appear to take the lead at one time or another; and when they harmonise …….. #swoon.
I’d not heard of them before picking up this CD; but it appears the band were first formed in 2011 and have released a couple of albums and EP’s; but also racking up millions of ‘streams’ across the various Interweb services; an apprenticeship which all comes together (I suppose) to maturely gel on the likes of Loneliness and Love at Your Convenience; which could easily both have been quite makish in lesser hands; but here are both powerful and insightful; while also getting your heart to pump a little faster without you knowing it.
While many of their peers find a particular musical automatic gear and away they go; The Ghost of Paul Revere somehow crank through the manual gears; offering light and shade from track to track and occasionally; in the case of Two Hundred and Twenty Six Days and Delirare; inside an individual song, which is a clever trick to pull off.
Just when you think you’ve got a handle on them; The Ghost of Paul Revere throw a curve ball by infusing string sections, looping, and adding a mellotron into the ‘interludes’ ’28:27′ and the outro ‘We Were Born Wild.’
As is the case these days;it’s no longer important to desperately try to write a Hit (i.e Commercial) Song; which gives writers like these guys the freedom to just follow their heart; which brings me to my choice of Favourite Song; the punchy harmonica laden, When Can I See You Again?
There’s more than a hint of Chicago Blues in the melody; but take a step back and you can imagine The Band; or more aptly, Levon Helm rasping out a glorious version in an outtake from the Lat Waltz.
Without having heard their back catalogue; I can still imagine that a gig from The Ghost of Paul Revere will be an event well worth catching.
Released November 27th 2020
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