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Fusing alternative rock and trip-hop, The Mouth Of Ghosts are a band from London who make moody, textured music, fueled by ragged guitars and distant electronics.
‘When The Sun Sets’ is the debut 5-track EP from the band. The title track (mixed by Ali Staton – Tricky, PJ Harvey, Lamb) is a shoegaze tinged single with an infectious chorus and searing vocals. The other tracks (Patient, World’s End, Close and Digital Bath – a Deftones cover) deliver sweet and atmospheric verses followed by huge, catchy choruses.
An unsigned band formed in early 2011, The Mouth of Ghosts are influenced by the likes of Deftones, Portishead and The Cure.
The band is made up of Alla Seydalieva (vocals), Simon Langford (guitar), Marco Italia (bass), Phil Page (drums) and Valerie Deniz (vocals and synth).
Currently The Mouth Of Ghosts 5-track Ep – “When The Sun Sets,” is available for download on their website. And a limited time it’s FREE!
Lovers of the above mentioned bands who have influenced TMOG, including Lacuna Coil and especially The Gathering, should rush over and get this album now.
TMOG embrace their style beautifully: sparse but powerful guitars and solid rooted drums, often mysterious keyboard folds and runs with ethereal synth sounds, plus the lambent, distinctive voice of Alla Seydalieva. When you put it all together, it really seems that there’s nothing the band isn’t capable of in their genre.
Seydalieva’s heavenly voice is the primary feature and expressive source of the emotional energy of these songs. Her singing is consistently harmonious with the music, which is rich in instrumental texture and reflective, with intense rises to emotive eruptions. Allowing her voice an enhancing level of flexibility with very fluid, naturally flowing arrangements.
On ‘Patient,’ Simon Langford’s guitar playing is almost experimental, in the tradition of ambient guitar rock and progressive rock, using a heavily fuzzed-out distorted guitar tone for louder sections. Simon uses a variety of effects and feel, to perfectly color the sound on this album.
‘World’s End’ is drenched in atmospheric bliss and richly melodic. Bathed in a warm, refreshingly organic sound, the language of motion and orchestration of the music, is pure feeling given musical shape, and correspondent to the rhythm and spirit of desperate human aspiration.
Apart from being an attractively beautiful lady, which helps tremendously in an era of visual music, on ‘Close,’ Alla Seydalieva sounds like an angel. Her voice is smooth and very legato, floating gently and with ease over a richly orchestrated and eerie musical backing.
The absolute highlight of the album is without doubt, the title track. ‘When The Sun Sets’ is probably also the most accessible track. It is structured more like a classic pop song; intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-brigde-chorus etc. Incorporating all the necessary catchy pop hooks that makes songs, hits. Slow mellow verses intertwine with gilded soaring choruses, so dear to the Top40 chart lists.
The “When The Sun Sets,” EP – is lush with rich, lyrical melodies and heavy atmospherics, as well as, a hard, edgy guitar sound. This album has energy and emotion on all tracks, including the slower paced ones. The creativity of the music, the beautiful vocals and the wonderful lyrics will have The Mouth Of Ghosts songs spinning around in your head, after just a couple of listens.
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