Ghost Atlas features the talents of Jesse Cash from Erra. This album is very melody-heavy and soaring in places. It has a much more alternative rock vibe to it than Cash’s work with Erra, but don’t let this put you off. This is a record chock full of great songs that will sit easily on any radio stations playlist.
You should always aim to start an album with one of your strongest tracks (well, that’s what I think anyway..) and Ghost Atlas does exactly that with Cry Wolf. Cash’s unmistakable vocals suit the music to a tee. This is alt rock at its finest; Soaring melodies, a nice thick sounding production and really good songwriting. It is a fine, fine start. Things get even better with the track Vertigo, which I think is one of the albums best tracks. The chorus is superb and there is an urgency about the song I really like.
The foundations have been set for an album chock full of anthemic songs. Current single, Legs, is dripping with melodic hooks and is sure to get heaps of airplay. Badlands has a very 90s rock feel to it and a touch of Weezer, too, which is no bad thing. This track has a huge chorus. Fox Rain and Surrogate Lover are solid tracks, but it’s NightDrive that lives longest in the memory. This is a much more reflective track and where it is situated on the album’s track listing serves to add a nice change of pace. The acoustic Scouts Honor is a mellow, thoughtful number whilst the tracks Little Shell and Rabid Dog tread a familiar alt-rock path. The final song is the title track and has a nice Smashing Pumpkins feel to it. You can almost imagine this sitting alongside Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees and Mother Love Bone on the Singles soundtrack.
Cash gets to explore more dynamics with his voice than he does perhaps with Erra and It’s one of the things that keeps this albums head above the water. He puts his all into these songs with a passionate performance full of melody.
Overall, Ghost Atlas writes great radio-friendly alternative rock. Does it sound a little dated? Maybe, but good songwriting is always welcome and All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is full of this.
Thanks to High Road Publicity for sending me a digital copy for review. \,,/
Jesse Cash is primarily known for his role in the Sumarian Records metal band ERRA, but there is a melodic, alt-rock side to his writing and it can be heard in the form of his solo project dubbed Ghost Atlas. The debut full-length All is in sync and there’s nothing left to sing about is set to release independently on November 17th and is preceded by the sultry single “Legs.” The song sets a provocative tone for the new album and “It has a dark, uncomfortable, yet sexy vibe to it,” says Cash. “It’s like the sound of sadomasochism and hopefully invokes a mood in the listener that is similar to the feeling I get from listening to a song like ‘You’ve Seen the Butcher’.“
Cash began releasing music under the Ghost Atlas moniker in 2014 with Gold Soul Coma and the 2015 EP Immortal Youth. Being the sole member of band, the project is a very personal reflection of Cash’s emotions, life experience and work. With that sense of independence, he invested thousands of dollars of his own money into the creation and release of All is in sync and there’s nothing left to sing about. Cash says “The freedom of total independence is super gratifying. It showcases a protective spirit towards the integrity of the music and general creative direction, as well as a more personal feeling of getting your music directly from the musician.“
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