Dad Thighs
The Ghosts That I Fear


5.0
classic

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
August 14th, 2017 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the ghosts we fear are inside us all.

I’m not afraid to say that I fantasize about my funeral on the daily. The thoughts of life after death and where everyone in my life will move on from there feels like peeking into an open book. It’s a certain specificity of knowing no matter how hard you try, you will eventually be forgotten by everyone you know and love with time. I’ve come to terms with this. That’s life, I suppose. I’ll be kept in mind from time to time and that’s okay, I’m content with that. But sometimes it feels so frustrating knowing I’ll never be able to get over myself. I’ve been having a horrible time constantly reassuring everyone around me that I’ll be okay with time, and I’ll eventually pull myself together. The Ghosts I Fear proposes the same questions that I can’t help but feel asking myself all the time. “If this is love where is life meant to lead us than in circles"” is the question that ends the near-perfect opening track and it sets the tone off the bat with realism that brinks on existentialism and the fear of one’s self. The place where I was when I heard The Ghosts I Fear, which wasn’t necessarily that long ago, was a dark one. I’ve been in a position where I’ve been trying to push forward and plan the lines for the next battle while I still can but truthfully I know I’m losing ground. I’ve been living as a ghost with a lot of things falling apart around me with me sitting helpless, but never a victim. The Ghosts I Fear is the epitome of perseverance in the most fragile and weakening circumstances.

The imagery The Ghosts I Fear evokes has a further range than not only in today’s emo, but music as a whole. The soft spoken talks of industrial paint and magnolia, as well as airport bars and the things in between burst with as much passion as a group of individuals can interject in such a seemingly miniscule amount of time due to how much punch this record has to offer. It also has the capability of flowing seamlessly which a lot of the genre’s records have seemingly lost footing of. The angst and flawless production only serves to aid the fast-paced emotional crises that strike you when listening. The vocal delivery from the female lead of the record (Victoria if I’m correct) has a huge dynamic to it, and provide a great counteract to the subtle post-rock influenced guitars that roam this record so gracefully. The rhythm section also provide a crisp and frontward battle-stance when it comes to setting the record into full throttle at times, in particular the intro to closing track “Sometimes” provides a pulsing climax to the album with a triumphant and cathartic rhythm guitar as the early screamo influences take you over. The thing is, the record doesn’t end with some triumphant war-cry of winning a battle; in fact it feels like the exact opposite. That’s what makes it stand out infinitely more than other records in the same vain. The record ends invoking imagery of a sunset into forgetting your faults and moving forward from the pain you persevere through for no other reason than the reason you started, to get home; when the truth is, home is you, home is us.

It’s okay to be alone sometimes, and it’s okay to have to count your dimes while you still have them. In our society with the constant changing of times, we can only move forward. We all think of ourselves, perhaps a bit too much; but we are all just making decisions as shots in the dark. That’s how we’re supposed to do it, life is unpredictable and angst is futile. The Ghosts I Fear is our underground subconscious reminder to keep moving forward. No matter how empty your city streets may be, your streetlights will keep lit. You can always keep moving forward through, with no one to stop you except yourself, and The Ghost I Fear is the perfect delineation of such a thing.



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ianblxdsoe
August 14th 2017


1873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is so desperately underrated, and i'm sure the "existential ian reviews" are starting to wear out at this point but please if you have the time to check out this record. also just posted this from the car so tell me if anything's off. thank you for reading

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Asdfp277
August 14th 2017


18329 Comments


i refuse to believe something made by a band called Dad Thighs could ever be good

Papa Universe
August 14th 2017


15915 Comments


This outta be good

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


2423 Comments


It's even better than this review. Which is saying something. Fantastic work, Ian.

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SpiritCrusher2
August 14th 2017


6000 Comments


"dad thighs" lol gtfo

ianblxdsoe
August 14th 2017


1873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah not gonna lie the band name is funny but in context to the record is fucking stupid

AsleepInTheBack
August 14th 2017


5804 Comments


i refuse to believe something made by a band called Dad Thighs could ever be good [2]

Interesting, the idea of keep moving forward and the general concept that 'there is no end' are things that Phil Elverum has gone on record saying are the core and centre of most all of his music. Interesting (and of course blindingly obvious) that such themes keep cropping up in art, individuals continuing to reflect on such underlying constants of living.

Stunner of a review as always mate. You seem to be perfecting the mix between the personal, discussion of big picture questions and informative discussion of the music. Mega props, I couldn't do that. Try not to wear yourself down on such big picture themes though, eventually it could begin to sound forced, but for the reviews I've seen you do where you bring up such ideas it seems very fitting and done correctly.

In sum: nice one mate.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


22429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont believe the band name pls, amazing album. some old school screamo / emo shit right here

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


22429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic review ian, keep it up with these cuz I love the "existential crisis but whatever" tone u employ

Aerisavion
August 14th 2017


1533 Comments


'Dad Thighs'........

Right.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


22429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AIRPORTS ARENT THE SAME

WHEN YOU CANT DRINK AT THE BARS

verdant
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2017


2195 Comments


goddamit een please stop being so sad! 1 ! ! !1 ( i know it isn't that easy also) but like writing like this proves you have so much to works towards and be happy about and ahhhhh i hope u ok

also good album is good

VaxXi
August 14th 2017


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

boy oh boy do i love dad thighs

VaxXi
August 14th 2017


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, and the band is pretty cool, too

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


22429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you were my favorite valentine, Alissa ~~

AdolfChrist
August 14th 2017


16593 Comments


How did i know this would be an emo band...dumbest band name ever.

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VaxXi
August 14th 2017


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to the album you cucks

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


22429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was a 4.5 on first listen but that band name pisses me off hence the .5 drop

jk no this just grew off me and the lyrics range from brilliant to terribly self-depreciating that its cringe oh well

VaxXi
August 14th 2017


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

female vocalist's style reminds me of Patti Smith

ianblxdsoe
August 14th 2017


1873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good thing i'm mentally an edgy 12 year old so this appeals to me greatly in every aspect :saddab:



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