Seth Applebaum, the mad scientist behind Ghost Funk Orchestra, has designed a modern take on New York’s psychedelic band scene that employs a dose of the offbeat. Tone bending frequencies, big horns, soulful vocals, and uncomfortable time signatures still compel folks to dance in the chaos. The once lo-fi boutique project has expanded into an 11 piece outfit that uses skilled eclecticism to run Stereolab post-rock lounge biz directly into David Axelrod baroque orchestration. Without pause… You can’t peel your ears away from the rich sonic text. It’s a smackdown that feeds cheerful WTF grins to anyone who listens.
“Walk Like a Motherfucker”, was the lead single from the upcoming début album A Song For Paul, a tribute to Seth’s late grandfather Paul Anish, is exactly the Spaghetti Western funk-jazz ditty you would expect from a Quentin Tarantino film. Fuzzed out guitars, hazy but loud vocals chewing scenery, and a swinging horn line to boot. Somebody holler at Samuel L. Jackson, Jules Winnfield walk-on music, 25 years after “Pulp Fiction”, is ready. Listen to the single below via Bandcamp.
You can visually get tripped up in their prowess watching the video “Seven Eight”, a song about having a crush. When writing the song, the band chose an awkward time signature because having a crush will make anyone feel a little awkward.”
The group will release their debut album, A Song For Paul, on August 23 via Colemine Records (who have put out records by Durand Jones, Ikebe Shakedown, Black Pumas and Neal Francis upcoming in September).