Ghostpoet’s new album and April tour dates

Posted on 24 February 2015
By Faye Smith
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Ghostpoet’s music is not like anything you’ve ever heard before. His voice isn’t rap and yet it isn’t something you would describe as “singsong” either. It’s strange, yet enticing and definitely creative. He’s the definition of British electronic music and he’s experimenting to make something brand new.

London-based Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet is looking forward to the release of his forthcoming album Shedding Skin out on March 2nd.

Shedding Skin is the manifestation of a new challenge, of fresh thinking, and a brave confident stride into previously uncharted waters. Ten songs that embrace, unite and narrate observations that are designed to sit beside each other through bright peaks and dark shallows.

Unlike his previous albums, Shedding Skin was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player, John Calvert and John Blease on drums. The self-produced album also features guest vocals from Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Melanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith, a collection that sets a new precedent as his very best work yet.

Shedding Skin is:

Off Peak Dreams
X Marks The Spot
Be Right Back, Moving House
Shedding Skin
Yes, I Helped You Pack
That Ring Down The Drain Kind Of Feeling
Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me
Better Not Butter
The Pleasure In Pleather
Nothing In The Way

The album’s first single ‘Off Peak Dreams’can take you to a dreamlike state with the mix of his smoky voice and a trance-like ambience. It has already premièred on Radio One and has been enthusiastically received on 6music and XFM.

The accompanying video for ‘Off Peak Dreams’ was directed by Liam St Pierre. Given a budget matching the average monthly salary in the UK, he was asked to create a film about the constraints of city living.

Artists can ordinarily spend anything between £5k – £500k on a video. This was shot for £2068.

Maximo Park’s Paul Smith featured as a cameo in ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’- a song on the new album. He told NME: “You can’t pin his music down easily. It comes from many sources and I feel lucky that he thought my voice might add something to an already eclectic mixture.”

Following a couple of low key shows at the end of January and a much wanted encore Ghostpoet will be back with further dates in April. The dates are:

01.04.15 DUBLIN Button Factory
02.04.15 EDINBURGH Electric Circus
03.04.15 LIVERPOOL Kazimier
04.04.15 LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall
05.04.15 BRISTOL Exchange
06.04.15 BRIGHTON Komedia
08.04.15 BIRMINGHAM Hare and Hounds
09.04.15 LONDON Brixton Electric

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