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A Strong Voice In The Darkness
on 21 February 2011
Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe), not unlike a latter
day Dick Whittington, left the cold grey streets of
Coventry and set off for London Town in search of
something golden. His album 'Peanut Butter Blues and
Melancholy Jam' may well bring him fortune and fame.
The ephemeral image on the project's front cover is
entirely apt. A man barely emerging from a thick,
cloying mist; his features half-formed and melting.
So too, in many ways, with the music. The album stutters
and stammers into life over the bruised and battered riff
of 'One Twos', segueing with the stark rumbling narrative
of 'Run Run Run'. It's chilly stuff. Melancholy indeed.
Mr Ejimiwe creates a distinctively bleak sound world.
There is little respite from his unsettling urban vision.
'Us Against Whatever Ever' pitches a vocal akin to an
evocative playground rhyme against a rumbling and grumbling
bass and synth misama. Love struggling against adversity.
'Longing For The Night (Yeah Pause)' is a fine invention.
The fractured quasi-latin beats support some of the album's
strongest lyrical imagery. Quietly humourous and strangely
affecting; a man trying to make sense of the world with words.
'Gaaasp' wraps up a bluesy melody in a juddering four-chord
arrangement. "I take a deep breath and live life a little bit";
cautious optimism; a little ray of sunshine trying to push its
way through the dense clouds. The best track by a mile.
Final track 'Liines' is a dark rocking anthem of sorts. The
textures are more open; the voice less obscured; the rhythm
solid, muscular and clearly defined. A powerful conclusion.
With PBBandMJ Ghostpoet has given the listening world a gift.
A dusty gem determined to show a sparkling face in the darkness.