SPIRIT GHOST: SKELETON SURF RIDER
From the streets of Texas, Spirit Ghost released their second full length album, Skeleton Surf Rider, in mid May.
With a voice reminiscent of the Twin Peaks boys, and a musical styling much like that of Cage the Elephant’s early years, Alex Whitelaw, sole Spirit Ghost-er, perfectly places the feeling of summer in a time capsule, describing their music as “Surf-garage-pop-rock from the heart, to your ears.”
With the entirety of the album recorded in a week, Spirit Ghost travelled all the way to New Hampshire to complete the LP. Just with the distance alone in mind, “Skeleton Surf Rider” feels like it was made with care, and with songs titled “Falling” and “Darkness is Winning,” it was apparent that Whitelaw poured his soul out into the album.
On Spirit Ghost’s bandcamp, it is stated that the songs were written over the course of a year and dealt with “exploration of love, family issues, stress, and death.”
By putting his heart on his sleeve and spilling out raw emotion, Whitelaw has made an album so many are able to connect with and understand. Even if you’re not yet ready to fully tackle the messages behind the songs, Skeleton Surf Rider has beats you cannot help but cut loose and shake your hair out to.