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There are a few things that have kind of caught me off guard about Former Ghosts. I have been familiar with This Song Is A Mess..., Xiu Xiu, and Zola Jesus for some time now but Former Ghosts has taken a life of its own. I initially thought it would sound fairly close to This Song and Xiu Xiu but Former Ghosts is truly standing on its own. Fans of any of the projects involved in the band will love Former Ghosts, but you can also come to their music having not heard any of the band members' previous material and still get the intimate sense that is conveyed on the record. Fleurs is such a genuine album and that can be hard to come by in a majority of today's music. Hearing Freddy talk about the album's backstory just made me fall in love with it even more. Seeing him dealing with everything he discusses on the album right there on stage in front of everyone was hard to watch but it gives me a lot of hope for music when I see people like him putting everything they have into what they're doing. Freddy and Jamie both compliment each other both on stage and on the album. Jamie's percussion adds the live element that makes a band's performance unique and not just a repeat of what you can hear on the record. His backing vocals add a depth to the performance that needs to be heard by anyone even remotely interested in Former Ghosts. If they are coming anywhere near you, you should make it a point to be there when they play. I can't even imagine how the tour would be if Nika Roza were able to play the shows, but I have no doubt that it would have been incredible to hear her sing her songs live. Fleurs will be released on Oct. 20 and the band has copies of the record on tour right now. Needless to say, I can't stop listening to it.
mp3: Former Ghosts - "Unfolding" (via Stereogum)