The alternative self-titled effort ‘Billy Ghost’ is an incredibly short yet interesting experience. Made up of 3 tracks and clocking in at roughly 7 minutes, it is a short length, more suited for a single-release. ‘Billy Ghost’ is a very unknown home-made release. There is little to no-information about the mysterious musician, which sort of makes the moniker Billy Ghost very fitting. Musically, there is something present on this EP. It seems there’s some creative streak running through this incredibly amateur-sounding EP. There is something interesting about it though.
With ‘Billy Ghost’ being so incredibly short, there is actually very little to discuss. In essence, it is actually easier to dissect and discuss the three available tracks on this release. The album opens up with Tide Came In, which seems to just open up a very gentle groove. A gentle riff seems to push the song along, accompanied by very lo-fi sounding vocals. Everything seems to work until the track gets to the chorus, where the slightest key change seems to throw everything off. It’s annoying, as the gentle grooves of the verses are so enjoyable, that the chorus of the track seems to pop up uninvited and unwanted. The lo-fi experience of the EP is thrown out the door when the next track Vienna Years begins playing. A rather aggressive start seems to come out of nowhere and to a point it is rather jarring. However, as the song progresses, it seems to somehow become a little bit more comfortable. The EP is then ended by Fire Hair Echo, which is arguably the best track on the album. The track returns more to the norms of lo-fi, and features a clanging guitar that comes in at various points in the song. There is something about this track in particular though that is simply interesting. It’s almost akin to Blur’s early years with their first two records ‘Leisure’ and ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’.
Billy Ghost is pretty much what you’d expect from an amateur outfit There’s nothing that is truly special or amazing, but considering the release of the EP, and its presentation, perhaps it isn’t trying to be anything more than what it is. Musically, it reminds me a lot of the lo-fi styles of Mellowdrone, which itself was created in a bedroom space. Considering the lack of information about Billy Ghost, it is impossible to tell where the album was recorded or why. But perhaps this is what it is all about. Perhaps Billy Ghost is simply a little bit of an album that is just there, because it can be there. It isn’t impressive in any way, and in terms of everything else within the genre, it is certainly under-par. But there’s an element of effort hidden under the flaws riddled in the tracks. There’s elements of someone who is trying to just be creative, and rather than force it down the throats of people, is simply placing it on the internet to be found by whoever happens to stumble upon it. My only true regret about Billy Ghost, and the ‘Billy Ghost EP’ is the fact that it is too short. 7 Minutes is barely enough to really get Billy Ghost. But then again, maybe that is his point. Who knows if we’ll ever hear from Billy Ghost again. Who knows.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- Fire Hair Echo