Thursday, March 22, 2007



Voxtrot. Oh…my sweet little Voxtrot. What will happen when you're too big to notice me? Will you still sing songs about me? Or will you let the fame go to your head and then sing about how you let our love go by the way side?


Well Voxtrot has finally recorded an Honest to God album, one with more than 5 tracks. One select track from the forthcoming, self titled album called "Ghost" melts this fan boy's heart like he's never heard "The Boy with the Arab Strap". It's strange to say it's a classic Voxtrot song, given that they haven't released a proper L.P. yet, but it is. They're two and a half e.p.'s are enough to languish a style and repertoire that's familiar, quotable and recognizable. "Ghost" is congruent with that style; jangly guitars, a proficient and choppy rhythm section, and strings that don't overwhelm the song but highlight and lift "Ghost" to an emotional height we could rest our heads on. Though, it's Ramesh Srivastava's storytelling at the center of the band that drives all of these components into a cohesive unit. On "Ghost" he pleads, "I don't ever want to be a lone like this" to some lover that refuses to have him. Ramesh has an incredible knack, like Michael Stipe, Stuart Murdoch, and (gasp) Morrissey before him, to not only fit a large amount of words into a short selection of music, but to tell a poetic, complex story in a pop song. “Ghost” has a beautiful melody that floats on top of the song's rhythms to guide you in and out of each chorus and verse.

I'd be careful if I were you. Voxtrot is an extremely addictive band. You don’t know it yet, but by the end of the day, you'll have listened to "Ghost" more than ten times, discovering something new each and every listen, which is a mark of a truly great band. The only unfortunate thing is you'll have to wait until the end of May to enjoy the rest of Voxtrot, which I'm sure I'll file under "semi-unhealthy obsessions for 2007". Good luck.

Download >>Ghost

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