Almost Ghosts – ‘For This’ and ‘Quiet Ground’
It’s been nearly two years since Almost Ghosts released their eponymous debut EP back in September 2013. In the time they’ve been away, the four-piece have become a three-piece and re-engineered their sound, transitioning from guitar-driven alternative rock to the kind of indie-electronic sound that was merely hinted at on Almost Ghosts.
After returning to the live music scene at the end of 2014, supporting Youth Mass in a sold-out show at Whelan’s, new material seemed inevitable from the rejuvenated Balrothery boys. Finally, on Wednesday, 1 July, two new singles will emerge in the form of double A-side ‘For This/Quiet Ground’.
The first offering, ‘For This’, is strikingly reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club, with a punchy bassline and electronic drums underpinning the frantic lead guitar pattern. This single is a moment of transition for Almost Ghosts, notably changed from their earlier releases, but not entirely departed just yet. Their influences, along with their past, remain apparent on ‘For This’.
‘Quiet Ground’ marks a clean breakaway for the group as they sever ties with their past and crystallise the sound which will surely define any future output. Atmospheric and dreamy from the outset, the trio utilise delicate synths and layered guitars to craft a breezy electro-pop song which perfectly embodies the hazy palm tree artwork accompanying this double A-side.
With the release of ‘For This/Quiet Ground’, Almost Ghosts have managed to say goodbye to their past ventures whilst laying the groundwork for a promising future.