Ghost Lights Delivers the Musical Equivalent of a Spa Treatment (album review)

Ghost Lights Delivers the Musical Equivalent of a Spa Treatment (album review)

Next up is someone who plucks every string of an indie folk-lover's heart. Who is he? Noah Cebuliak, or Ghost Lights. Hailing from our very own Montreal, his music is better than a deep-muscle massage- which is not something that can be said about many. The piano/acoustic guitar combo is a classic indie folk mix, bringing to mind dark winter evenings or soft voyages through a misty dreamscape. Ghost Lights recently released his EP, Saltwater, on November 27th on Bandcamp and iTunes, and it’s been a while since I listented to a new album so many times in a row.

First of all, the album is insanely relaxing, which is, considering it’s the time of dreaded finals, a wonderful thing. The album is ideal background music: it’s smooth and soothing, and Noah Cebuliak has a really nice, clear voice. The first song on the EP, “Fog Chief”, instantly draws you in with catchy guitar chords and Noah’s distinctive voice. Plus, the lyrics are very interesting, and more than a little obscure. The words are poetic and the vocals definitely do them justice. In particular, the way Noah sings the line on the back roads, when the moon glows, in the dead of night, is just perfect. This song is simple, but deceptively so. There’s nothing easy about the way poeticism and musicality are combined.

“A Train is Coming” is reminiscent of those grey, rainy scenes in classic movies, but this song doesn’t stand out for me the way the previous one did. It’s slow and nice, but nothing much more than that. However, the lyrics again are really excellent.

“Thundercloud” is more jaunty, with a quicker beat and staccato singing, and it still retains that unhurried, swaying quality that permeates all of Ghost Lights songs. If you’re like me, and you listen to a song because of the vocals, Saltwater is definitely the EP for you.

“The Flask”, written by Joe McDougall rather than (I assume) Noah Cebuliak, sounds different from the rest of the tracks. It has a haunting note to it that the others don’t, but keeps that slow, acoustic beat. Different, but not very different.

“Heart of Wind” is another quiet, beautiful song that is warm and yet evocative of the winter. Ghost Lights moves away from the guitar with this one, and uses the piano instead, making the song gentle and sleepy. Saltwater is a small EP, with only six tracks, but Noah Cebuliak shows us that he is talented, musically and lyrically. While the songs do sound similar in a lot of ways, Ghost Lights has just begun, which leaves plenty of time for branching out. Check out Saltwater down below, and be sure to read the lyrics here.

By Nelanthi Hewa
Dec 1, 2012 @ 19:23

Comments

Content Stream

  • It’s so close you can almost hear it. Amongst the never-ending list of festivals is one of our favourite ones: Shambhala. It’s been running since 1998 and is an oasis of electronic music coming live to your eardrums in the beauty of a riveting forest in BC with a river running through it. If that hasn’t convinced you yet maybe this year’s lineup will. The hot sun, cool river, endless dance, eclectic beats, and all those beautiful free people doing their beautiful free thang. As the...
  • AA Wallace releases a brand new video for the song VLT Girls (We Win Again!) today and announces shows in Toronto, Montreal, Charlottetown & Fredericton. Playing songs off his upcoming album In Alpha Zones.  VLT stands for Video Lottery Terminals. These electronic slot machines, which are common in AA Wallace's home province of Nova Scotia, are hidden away in dark corners of many bars in Canada. Inspiration for the song came from Wallace observing a ...
  • Pat Jordache's Steps springs from three years of labyrinthine sessions, building a state of the art studio, producing artists on his Banko Gotiti imprint and managing a sleazy dance club. Dark, playful, loosely honest, cynical and care-free, the record pulls from Eno, Plastic Soul, and Shep Pettibone. For all of its careful assemblage, Steps is an uncanny, accidental party record. LP available this spring on 140g vinyl and through major digital outlets. Steps...
  • Today, the dynamic duo of Ango (LuckyMe) and Druture (Chopsquad/Grizzly), join forces as LYK (Let You Know) to deliver it’s first internet care package entitled 'LEAK.'   The group draws on Ango’s penchant for viral melody, Druture’s couldn’t-be-any-closer-to-the-street ear and a whole lot of virtual Get Dumb-ery and one-upmanship to shape a new take on electronic-focused club hip hop. It's a different kind of bounce. This is a #NoDropZone!   "See What I Can Do"...
  • Montreal and Toronto's nightlife scenes are notorious for its eclectic crowds, avant-garde fashion, and wild times. People travel from all over the world to come party in these cities. Whether it is to hear good music, watch good looking people dance the night away, or to end up at one of those wild afterparties. We picked a couple of candid photos that showcase magical moments of what represents a night out in Montreal and Toronto to give you a small taste of excitement for the weekend:...
  • A few days ago, a new petition against rapper Action Bronson has sprung up on the internet, but this time, it's to attempt to ban him from performing at Montreal's Osheaga Festival. The reason?  Action Bronson brags about rape, violence against women and even femicide in his song Consensual Rape and his music video Brunch. This new trend has been directly influenced by the successful petition that was put together to get him off the roster for the NXNE public show that he was scheduled...
  • Japan is hands-down homeland of the freaky: they make the creepiest horror movies, invent useless and scary stuff that can give their horror movie a run for their money... In conclusion some of the things that hail from the land of the rising sun are bound to give you nightmares, or plain and simple weird the f*** out of you. One of their latest additions to the theatre of the macabre is the dating simulation game Hatoful Boyfriend - literally translated as 'hurtful pigeon boyfriend'......
  • Time travel. While for some it's nothing more than a farfetched dream only fulfilled through countless amounts of science fiction, for others it's a work in process - a possible feat in the near future. In Jacob Gentry's SYNCHRONICITY, traveling through time and space becomes a successful operation when physicist Jim Beale (played by Chad McKnight) and team do the unthinkable. Fast-forward 30-45 minutes into the feature. Without thinking, Beale steps into the wormhole opened by the...
More articles