Ghost Funk Orchestra’s aura is unlike anything I have heard this year. Woozy, psychedelic, raw soul music that brings out the best in them. Their new album is titled A Song For Paul, a cohesive, futuristic body of work that meanders between tribal, psychedelic rhythms and smooth, soulful melodies.
It all starts off with a piano-led “Intro” piece, flowing brilliantly into one of the lead singles, “Walk Like a Motherfucker.” The groovy, psychedelic tone to the track is met with woozy guitars and emphatic brass instrumentation. The baritone sax leads on tracks like “Kaddish” and “Skin I’m In” create a darker, more unsettling tone, while the animated nature of tracks like “Slow Down,” “A Song For Paul” and “Broken Boogaloo” bring contrast and some infectious grooves, with guitar led melodies that add texture. My favourite track however is “A Conversation,” a string-led piece with dynamic guitar leads and basslines that sound incredible, as the playfulness of the track is what makes it such a captivating listen. Overall, Ghost Funk Orchestra come through with a stellar album, one which is able to bring psychedelic, soul and rock influences in a beautifully textured and layered project. A Song For Paul is truly excellent, and I can’t wait to hear what more Ghost Funk Orchestra could bring musically in the future.
Listen to Ghost Funk Orchestra’s brilliant A Song For Paul below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Colemine Records.