My iPod #419: Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost

I don’t have much to say about “Ghost”. It’s a track that upon listening through Neutral Milk Hotel’s album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea I thought, “Hmm. That was a really good one”, and immediately became one of my favourites.

The track comes near the end of the album and provides something of an energy boost after the eight minutes of “Oh Comely”. Beginning with frantic strumming of a sole acoustic guitar, “Ghost” is then dominated by a buzz that occurs at frequent intervals via a pedal-affected guitar and like most of the other tracks on the album is carried along by Jeff Mangum’s wailing, free flowing vocals. Though the best part to me of the whole track is the last minute or so, when the horns enter and a (theremin?) proceeds to mimic the melody of the verse while the drummer smashes the crash cymbals on every beat with a variety of fills in between.

A song about feeling free and remembrance, “Ghost” is a track of elation,  succeeding in making this listener feel good with exhilarating aplomb.

* May want to listen to it with the accompanied “Untitled” instrumental track too. Makes for extra good listening. Of course you might want to hear the album in full to get the proper experience.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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