Cellarghost – “No Dawn”
Kaade – “All The Air”
Doot DeDoot – “Road Rage”
Mia Frye – “I’m The One”
LAX – “Dancing’ At the Disco”
Melba Moore – “Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance”
Peaches and Herb – “Roller Skatin’ Mate”
Ebn Ozn – “Pop Art Bop”
New Fries – “JZ III (Absolutely Free remix)”
Cellarghost – “No Dawn”
Loveland – “Aloe Hotel”
DenMother – “Tongue”
Rotting Ebitan – “New Dawn”
Pardon Moi – “Inside The Outside”
Tronik Youth – “Losing My Mind”
The Fall – “Hit The North”
Royal House – “A Better Way”
Aux 88 – “Let It Ride”
The Martian – “Message From Grandmother”
Legowelt – “Silent Service”
Fredericton based band Cellarghost have just released their follow up to their 2016 album In The Whiteout. This EP, entitled Ritual explores patterns of intimacy, inner conflict, and anxiety using a sort of dark over-exaggeration. The five tracks on this EP take you through the struggles that occur in life and they do it in a melodic and soothing way.
The first track on the EP called “Ritual” opens with a bright guitar sound. The lyrics come in and it completely sets the scene for the rest of the EP. This song strongly deals with inner conflict. The chorus of the song speaks for itself. The song ends in a much darker way than it begins, and really prepares you for what’s to come. The following track “Hotel” deals with intimacy and and anxiety. My favourite part of the song is the repeated lyric “There’s so much more here”. The third track, “No Dawn,” is a beautiful song that deals with issues of intimacy and struggles of life. “Love after love, I sing rituals”.
The first single to be released was Mothic. All the preceding songs were just building up to this one. The eerie opening sounds followed by the dark guitar riff really pull you into the song. This song is very centered around inner conflicts and questioning life itself. The lead guitar on this track is a perfect contrast to the rhythm guitar, the lead playing a brighter progression with the rhythm still playing the dark chords. When you listen to this song you’ll feel something; right near the end a cello comes in and you think to yourself “This is what I’ve been needing”.
The final track, the second single to be released, is entitled “Burial.” After the dark overtones of “Mothic” this song is a perfect follow up. The song opens with just bass and drums before the guitars. This songs deals with the inner conflict of anxiety. The vocals begin softly and build as he feels stronger and more in control of what he is feeling. This track is a perfect close to the EP, finishing off with the contemplation of all of life with the lyrics “I need a tether to keep me here / In orbit / On this strange, strange rock.”
Cellarghost have done the unthinkable with this EP, bringing together intimacy, inner conflict, and anxiety.
Cellarghost – “Mothic”
Snuky Tate – “He’s The Groove”
Starla – “Bad News”
Loveland – “925-5212”
Lime – “Love Profile”
Adult. – “Lost Love”
Cabaret Voltaire – “Sensoria”
Charles B – “Lack Of Love”
Ed Farrow – “Hot Love”
Giorgio Morder – “Chase”
Most of these tracks are from records I bought in Halifax when I drove down there to play Gus’s Pub on the weekend. Here are a few snapshots so you can see the sleeves to go with the sounds.
When I was in first-year university at UNBSJ (aka Grade 13) I used to get a drive to school with a neighbour who listened to a lot of old school rap in the car. Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, stuff like that. He was also really into Cabaret Voltaire. I liked these guys a lot. Slinky, synthetic, a little bit dancey, a little bit experimental. I was happy to find “Micro Phonies” on vinyl after all these years. Stephen Mallinder has sort of a breathy, speak-singing voice that I find rather sexy. “Do Right” and “Sensoria” are my two favourite jams off this album.
“Hot Love” by Ed Farrow was in a stack of old house 12”s bequeathed to me by DJ Jack Buster. As I promised on the show, here’s a photo of the hand-painted sleeve, done up nice and hot with acrylic and spray paint.
Jack Buster once mentioned that he’d been looking for this record for a while, and if I get a chance to repay his generosity I’m happy to do so! This copy of the Midnight Express soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder cost $1. One. Dollar. Taz Records donates all the proceeds from their dollar bin to the IWK Children’s Hospital, which is pretty cool. But what is Giorgio doing there anyway, hanging out in the bargain bin with Roger Whittaker and Nana Mouskouri? It’s not my job to ask questions. My job is to buy records.