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The Gray Havens | Ghost of a King

 
 
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The textures are rich, plumbing the depths of the lyrics is nigh impossible, and the vocal layering of the partnership cut past any defenses you might have.

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Ghost of a King is easily my favorite album of 2016 so far.

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Posted April 18, 2016 by

 
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There’s always a strange feeling I experience when I come across a band I haven’t heard of that I instantly fall in love with, especially if that band has been around for a little bit. As a reviewer, I feel a bit of angst. One, because I’m not supposed to love anything. Reviewers are supposed to be impartial—dissecting music, parsing lyrics, and taking what is supposed to be an otherwise leisurely experience and turning it into an exacting science. Two, because they’ve been out for a little bit, I feel as if I haven’t done my job of presenting my readers with a “fresh new voice” in a timely fashion.

Be that as it may, meet The Gray Havens, one of my favorite new bands.

And you ought to be listening to their new album, Ghost of a King, one of my favorite new albums.

Comprised of husband and wife Dave and Licia Radford, this self-described “narrative-pop-folk” duo is poised to make waves in the singer/songwriter world. There’s something evocative about music created by people who know each other’s hearts so deeply—from the physical to the spiritual. Ghost of a King is a haunting, worshipful, pensive experience. It takes the mundane things of this world—the moments we’d rather forget, the spaces we’d rather not admit to, the words and masks we like to hide behind—and trades them for something hopeful and holy.

In the end, Ghost of a King feels like catching up with an old friend. Things are new, yet familiar. Comfortable, yet unwilling to be what it used to be. And, as it always goes, there is never enough time. The album is a short, but infinitely gorgeous. After my first listen, I sat there with the words simply echoing in my soul. I couldn’t describe to you what I’d just experienced, but it felt a lot like heaven mingling with the earth. Like a father looking into the eyes of his child for the first time…

Honestly, I’m running out of metaphors to describe this project. I’m being a terrible reviewer. This is just a perfect album. I can ’t get over it and you need to be listening to it. The textures are rich, plumbing the depths of the lyrics is nigh impossible, and the vocal layering of the partnership cut past any defenses you might have.

Ghost of a King is easily my favorite album of 2016 so far.


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