Throughout musical history, there has been many a supergroup formed. One recent collaboration is the Sheffield art-rock band New Ghost; a melding of minds from the best that the UK alternative scene has to offer. Their latest song, Your Reds, is a fantastic piece of emotive and dramatic shoegazey post-rock that will surely leave you clamouring for more.
The first thing that strikes you about Your Reds is how cinematic it is. It is dying to be plucked and placed into an indie black and white film. There is a real sense of triumph and fragility that culminate into a series of emotive and powerful moments. The lavish production helps to achieve the overall scope of the song; the far-reaching, disjointed and distorted guitar notes set up a lush canvas for the pointed and punctuated percussion. Delicate vocals and a sporadic bass join the party to gel everything together into a coalition, creating a moving tapestry of immense melodrama.
Your Reds moves effortlessly and simultaneously hits extreme highs and grounds out in intense lows. While traversing the sonic plain, different guitar lines creep in and out, and a flurry of unique sounds let themselves be known. Despite the mammoth size of this song, you can cling onto the repetitive yet never stale chorus, that will have you humming “are we all fools now?” for the next couple for weeks. An absolute treat, the latter half of the track will satisfy anyone’s need for instrumental rock and shoegazing gooeyness. The vocals take a back seat as more of a choral texture, allowing the drum fills to gallop, the guitars to squeal and the bass to tighten its solid hold on the whole affair and keep the wheels turning.
What impresses most about Your Reds is its desire to be as dense and huge as possible, yet remain an intimate interlude of emotional delicacy. “The more it fades away, I’m cursed to re-explain, so your reds won’t disappear”.