Kacie Thomas – Goodbye (Part 1) – Single Review

Kacie Thomas is a US ghost-wave creator.

Kacie Thomas

Kacie Thomas

Having recently decided to pursue, what has always been a passion, musicianship after a different earlier career path Kacie Thomas only has a few songs around, each cloaked in sweeping brushed vocal.

I am a little late to this, my apologies, Goodbye (Part 1) was sent to me a few weeks ago. The combinations of the mournful piano shrouded by a synthesised vocal which is shadowed in echoing elongation gives the song an ethereal other-worldliness. Extending to just over four minutes the track, despite its spaciousness doesn’t feel greedy of time, with the listener becoming immersed in the soundtrack.

It will be interesting to hear where Kacie Thomas heads next as the songs thus far revealed are all based around the same theme.

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DRAWL

DRAWL from Swindon in England is the ghost-wave quartet of Charlie CooperRyan TennantRosie Robinson and Joe Main.

DRAWL - ghost-wave from England

DRAWL

Like a post apocalyptic cloud of miasma DRAWL encapsulate the realisation of a world in confusion as the subsumed pieces cast their pall in a glassy-eyed gaze.


The echoey reverbs give the tracks a powerful presence and the use of analogue equipment for some recordings adds to the depth of emotional swell as DRAWL explore their space. The music has an easy approachability for the listener, which immediately draws attention yet the pieces express of turmoil and confusion in complex layering.

This is music that is of absolute currency as it connects to the heart of the listener and reflects of change and uncertainty within the expressive textures DRAWL produce, which give the brooding presence of the quartet a powerful imagery. Influences abound within the out-put, which DRAWL have been able to bring into their own context and it will be interesting to see how things develop.

Those local to Swindon will possibly have come across the band as they were previously named – Devotion – for everyone – it is worth investing time getting to know DRAWL.

Those of you with longer memories and who have been with me for a few years will recall the name Charlie Cooper from The Playmakers from an article in 2011 – DRAWL is a different beast entirely.

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Ghost Wave

The garage rock outfit Ghost Wave from Auckland in New Zealand contains Eammon Logan, Matthew L Paul, Mike Ellis, Jamie Kennedy and Andy Frost.

Ghost Wave - Garage Rock from New Zealand

Ghost Wave

Ghost Wave float the notes airily across the room before they settle in the ears where they go to work in a blend of echo, delay and fuzz creating sounds that beguile the listener with their rolling rhythms.  Before you know it half an hour has passed in a state of hypnosis.

The combination of psychedelic rock and ’80s indie provide the audience with sounds that hold them in rapt attention without being aware of it. The tracks in the main are fairly brief which comes a surprise after hearing what seems like airy spaces, which is a testament both to the songwriting skills and the technical ability of the players. The lack of formulaic structure allows the pieces of music to flow through a full story from end to end, giving it a more languid feel.

Inside the distinctive sound that is Ghost Wave the band is able to generate different textures by playing with tempo and effects giving them a broad area of discovery and each iteration is a delight of music filtered through gauze.

A recent LP, the ten track Ages (which is available on iTunes*), should see the band raising their international profile to fans of garage rock.

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