Album Review: The Sound of Ghosts Deliver Their Best Album To Date With ‘Delivery & Departure’


The Sound of Ghosts

Since their arrival to the scene in 2014, L.A.-based Americana roots collective, The Sound of Ghosts has been wowing audiences with their tight, multi-instrumental attack, well-crafted songwriting and undeniable feel-good charm.

The Sound of Ghosts recent success includes a successful tour of the Pacific Northwest as well as opening for such artists as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood and Oingo Boingo. The band also delivered an engagingly intimate performance at The Roswell Film Festival and their music has been featured in nationwide commercials for major brands.

The Sound of Ghosts is: James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele), Ernesto Rivas (lead guitar), Phoebe Silva (fiddle) and Jon Sarna (drums).

There is a deep sense of musical maturity and credibility with The Sound of Ghosts latest album, Delivery & Departure, which continues their unique approach of blending the best elements Americana, folk, rock and jazz have to offer into one richly-textured, sonic landscape.

Perhaps no better example of the totality of this quintet’s ability exists than in the album’s lead single, “Train to Nowhere”. An inspired introspection that eloquently showcases the band’s complete musical stew.

Led by charismatic vocalist Anna Orbison’s hauntingly beautiful melodies, the song takes the listener on a multi-layered journey of harmonic goodness. Whether it’s the infectiousness of Phoebe Silva’s fiddle, the sudden changes in tempo or the insanely cool trumpet solo, this is a track that screams for repeated listens.

The contagious “Fall Apart” also exemplifies Orbison’s expressively warm range with a toe-tapping rhythm held together by James Orbison’s dominating upright bass line.

“Guillermo’s Lament” clocks in at more than six minutes but is worth every one of them. What seems almost like spoken word, the track is pure poetry. Complete with empathetic melodies highlighted by Ernesto Rivas’ clean, guitar attack.

“I’m Gonna Be Free” is another thought provoking track that discusses the idea of independence and is driven home by drummer Jon Sarna’s in the pocket grooves and the band’s vicious harmonies.

There’s a cool hint of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in the track, “Dancing Shoes”. A song that’s equally influenced by the band’s love of 1950’s Doo-Wop.

With Delivery & Departure, The Sound of Ghosts have not only given us one of the year’s finest independent albums, but also a friendly reminder that the best is yet to come.

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