Celebrating the power of collaboration and simultaneously exploring the struggle of addiction, Ghost Singers’ new single Remember When brings about heartache and considerate calm as it softly pours through.
Leading with fairly raw and intimate acoustic finger-picking, Remember When goes on to present a breathy and tired, quiet yet deeply emotive vocal, which details the storyline in a powerfully delicate and personal way.
The lyrics and the voice, the descending melody, connect for their sense of vulnerability and this feeling of giving in – all of which resolves with a certain finality and sadness, firstly with the line ‘And I just can’t take it anymore’.
The whole delivery is haunting, the profound honesty of the lyrics proving striking for their poignancy. ‘It’s all I am, and it’s all I’ll ever be’ cuts like glass as the pace subtly increases for the final quarter. These words and the pauses between verses allow the song to reach out with more and more urgency and heart-breaking openness as it progresses.
The completed piece actually begs for more than a single listen, an immediate repeat play even, as things come to an end. The unsettling purity and pain, the simple set-up – all that’s needed is the concept, the music, and the voice, and Ghost Singers have captured the essence of addiction and self-sabotage in under three minutes.
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