Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (123 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2017 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With monotony against all anguish.

Obaro Ejimiwe, a British experimental virtuoso of spoken word delivery, is back with a record that might have just perfected his combination of apathetic vocals without a hint of emotions with engulfing, albeit off-the-wall music.

Right from the get-go we get to hear Obaro’s obscure vision. The opener “One More Sip” is an industrially-charged, chaotic cloud of bitterness that is balancing on the verge of becoming dysrhythmic oddity, even though it goes for barely two minutes. But don’t you be scared; this strangeness doesn’t transition into other tracks, at least not fully. The following “Many Moods at Midnight” and “Trouble + Me” sort and smooth things out, showing you that this gloominess can also be charming and beautiful. Besides, they reveal Obaro’s off-colour, monotone vocal delivery, which is a feature of Ghostpoet’s music you’ll just have to get used to.

Truly, the vocals on this album are utmost peculiar, but they are cleverly incorporated into the music. Or rather, the music is cleverly shaped around the vocals. They complement each other. Obaro’s voice keeps the music from getting too blissfully tender, in order for it to remain grounded, while the music pushes the vocals to create a uniquely gentle and emotionally stunning experience. Such is the case most prominently on songs like “(We’re) Dominoes or “Live>Leave”.

But not always does Obaro manage to adjust the music well enough to support the weight of his monotone delivery. Some songs seem to be a tad disjointed with either both vocals and the arrangement sounding too tired, like on the closer song “End Times”, or both going into seemingly different directions, leading to the song’s ultimate aesthetic downfall, such as “Woe is Meee”.

In spite of that, the vast majority of the songs are highly original, beautifully off-kilter, massively satisfying displays of atypical musical talent. Dark Days + Canapés is just another solid as gold album, moving and staggering from the songwriting perspective and intriguing from the instrumental and vocal side, nevermind its rare missteps.




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Papa Universe
November 3rd 2017


22505 Comments


Uni's review roll 8/50

I think I'm the only one who really loved this album...

ZombieToyDuck
November 3rd 2017


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just had started listening to this yesterday but was really diggin it probably gunna be rating this somewhere around 4.5 as well. Also nice review man! Real concise and well written. Have a pos!

Papa Universe
November 3rd 2017


22505 Comments


DeadlyNightShade, lads and gens. He isn't around often, but when he is, he sure brings happiness to people.

ZombieToyDuck
November 3rd 2017


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*blushes*

ZombieToyDuck
November 3rd 2017


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I fucking love that album art for this

butcherboy
November 4th 2017


9464 Comments


this guy was great on that massive attack track.. will check.. pos never in doubt..

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2017


20308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review Uni, album is... unique? ;)

Digging: The Body - All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To...

Marehelm
December 5th 2017


862 Comments


Will check this!

Papa Universe
December 5th 2017


22505 Comments


You do that.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
December 25th 2017


19563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wtf is this

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


an album

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2018


19563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is what that Tangerine dude should sound like

Papa Universe
April 11th 2018


22505 Comments


Edgar Froese?

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2018


19563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, Benjamin Tangerine

Papa Universe
April 11th 2018


22505 Comments


oh, you mean Benjamin Mandarin

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2018


19563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that asshole

Papa Universe
April 11th 2018


22505 Comments


yeah, hate him. he ain't got nothing on Benjamin Clementine

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2018


19563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That guy is lame too

Papa Universe
April 11th 2018


22505 Comments


go listen to Chixie Dicks, you hater of lightness

Darius The Imposter
April 11th 2018


22354 Comments


I love citrus fruit lets have an acid party



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