Actually can I stop playing the previous Ghostpoet album 'Shedding Skin'? The answer is a big fat 'no'. I loved his more guitar driven sound on that album and if the press release is to be believed this forth opus delves further into that style. His thoughtful if slightly paranoid delivery could be the perfect voice for these troubled times.
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Forgive me a moment whilst I tell you about my running route. I head to Bingley, past Cottingley, up a massive hill (it hurts) and down a beautiful leafy lane that eventually takes me out at Lister Park near Bradford. I tell you this because my usual audio accompaniment is Ghostpoet's previous album 'Shedding Skin' - a brilliant effort that is a kind of lovelorn cross between the music of the Twilight Sad and the vocal mumbles of Tricky. He obviously went through a break up before making it. It's all about the end of things.
Although that record keeps me going but now that I'm on my millionth listen I'm glad Ghostpoet has here created a new potential soundtrack. Is it as good to run to? Possibly not - it doesn't quite have the high intensity, fractured feel of 'Shedding Skin' but it does have plenty of post punk and dub slices for that late night trot. 'Trouble + Me' starts slowly - I'd probably get bored and skip it if panting but sat here in my chair it develops into a repetitive groove that is rather infectious. The album is darker hued than 'Shedding Skin' it's more blurred with slowly developing textures. '(We're) Dominoes has particularly beautiful atmospheres with slowly picked out piano chords, eerie guitar figures and lots of dub effects.
Though less of a rounded, complete work than 'Shedding Skin', this is another strong effort from Ghostpoet. The move into a kind of dark post punk feel generally continues and though there are lots of introspective moments this continues the successful blend of guitar based compositions with hi-hop influenced delivery. It's a slow burner but despite a few sonic alterations to Ghostpoet's distinctive slurred delivery it kind of does the same thing in a different way. If 'Shedding Skin' is for the mid evening nrun then 'Dark Days and Canapes' is for the post exercise sit down.
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