Shedding Skin

Shedding Skin

by Ghostpoet

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Overview

Seems like critics posted U.K. rapper Ghostpoet as left-field hip-hop's big hope just two verses into his debut, but the gifted man might really be the genre's Mark E. Smith, even if MC Obaro Ejimiwe doesn't share any of the indie rock frontman's same "quirks." Like Smith's group the Fall, Ghostpoet is outsider music that sounds familiar and yet unique, so unique that to be outwardly influenced by the man's rapid, literate mumble or his hazy, poetic delivery would be to mimic him. BBC DJ John Peel famously called the Fall's music "always different...always the same," and with this third album, it also applies to Ghostpoet. The instrumentation is different, as guitars and a traditional band support the lyrics where laptops and samplers used to be, and Ghostpoet himself has changed a bit, responding to the band with a more natural or organic flow while letting a little more mirth out, perhaps because bassists and drummers are more fun to hang around with than hard drives. Still, "Sorry My Love, It's You Not Me" may open like an early U2 number with echoing guitars and tats on the snare, but it's as if a beat were lifted from Boy or October once the vocals sneak in, boozily yearning "to feel magic and stars" before "it's just that you're forgettable, babe," because that's how Obaro breaks up. Featuring Maximo Park's Paul Smith, "Be Right Back, Moving House" sets out on a Mumford & Sons sized-journey, then gets wonderfully caught up in its rhythmically tangled second half, and if the artist does sound just like someone else -- rapper Tricky -- on "That Ring Down the Drain Kind of Feeling," the key cut breaks away into Ghostpoet land once the lyrics lay out a layered story of love and guilt. Add the devastating title cut plus more memorable melodies than usual, and Shedding Skin might be the Ghostpoet album to begin with for those who prefer something a bit traditional, but with three excellent efforts from the get-go, the point isn't where to start, but to start, because the rewards are consistent and plentiful.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2015
Label: Pias America
UPC: 5414939917233
catalogNumber: 770
Rank: 167923

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ghostpoet   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Vocals
Joe Newman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Lewis   Strings
Melanie De Biasio   Vocals
Palliser   Strings
Ross Stanley   Organ
John Calvert   Synthesizer,Piano,Bass Guitar
Lucy Rose   Vocals
John Blease   Drums
Etta Bond   Vocals
Miles Brett   Strings
Nadine Shah   Vocals
Henry Salmon   Strings

Technical Credits

Joe Newman   Additional Production
Kate Baker   Art Direction
John Calvert   Arranger,Producer
Shuta Shinoda   Engineer
Ghostpoet   Arranger,Producer
Obaro Ejimiwe   Composer,Art Direction
John Blease   Additional Production
Franklinos   Engineer

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