Friday, 2 July 2010

Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside

It’s summer! As I write this it’s boiling hot and there are thousands of people in a field near Glastonbury enjoying great music and the great weather. Maybe some of you dear readers are there right now (You lucky gits...) but when you return you’ll no doubt want some summery sounds to remind you of the good times. The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells could very well provide you with this fix.

You may not have heard of the American Broken Bells, who only released their debut self titled album in March this year. However, you will have heard of the bands two members: They are James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton – aka music producer Danger Mouse.

As soon as The Ghost Inside starts, it’s evident to anyone who heard anything by Gnarls Barkley (And who didn’t) that Danger Mouse is involved as the funky beats give it right away. The bass is heavy, the riff is simple but combined they make an incredibly catchy tune. This is especially so with the instrumental b-side, which for some reason I feel would fit in well with the cut scene introduction of Grand Theft Auto IV. Or maybe that’s just me being a massive geek.

Moving on, the vocals are mostly very high pitched – we’re talking Scissor Sisters style high here – but it goes perfectly with the funky beat of the track. A key change towards the end of the track sees Mercer take over the vocal duties.

The Ghost Inside is funky and fun, a great track to play during a summer evening barbeque.

(Originally written for Gobshout)

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