Ghostpoet - Some Say I So I Say Light

Two years on from the Mercury Award nominated Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam, the gloomy London-based Ghostpoet is back with an equally dark yet addictively catchy follow up. Taking a myriad of influences and smothering them with his smooth baritone, the result is a complex mash-up of genres confusingly titled Some Say I So I Say Light. His strength lies in his brutally honest, candid lyricism and this new release is no different. Narrating through a series of clever wordplay and rich adjectives, Some Say... is more full bodied than the debut and creates a resonance which you would normally equate to decades of experience in the music industry.

Standout track 'Dial Tones' is strictly late night listening; an uneasy atmosphere punctuated by the melancholic tones of guest vocalist Lucy Rose. The track transports you straight to a grimy London street (despite Ghostpoet's Coventry origins) and is far from the funk-fuelled feel of 'Plastic Bag Brain', whose eclectic percussive beat could not be further distanced. At times the album can be a little samey, leaving the listener questioning the scope for progression when it comes to album three. But then it comes, proof that this is not just a carbon copy of Peanut Butter Blues. Hidden in the mist of slick bass lines and rhyming narratives is 'Dorsal Morsel'- a synth-laden aural feast, evidence of there being much more to come from the genre-dodging Ghostpoet.

Overall

7

out of 10

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