Independent pop rock band Don’t Believe in Ghosts has been building excitement for its new album Solutions quite a bit since last year. Things started in a slow boil a little more than a year ago. Now Friday, things will reach a peak when the band releases that record through Imagen Records/ADA Warner. The 10-song record has already produced four strong singles in the form of ‘Still Holding On,’ ‘Living Like This,’ ‘The Chase’ and ‘Don’t Wake Me Up. While those songs are positive additions to the record, they are just some of its high points. ‘Take You to the Wild,’ another of the album’s featured songs, shows what makes this album appealing. It will be discussed shortly. ‘Grown Up,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another strong point in its presentation. It will be discussed a little later. ‘Still Holding One,’ one of the noted singles, is among the most notable of that group and one more example of what makes the album worth hearing. All three songs noted are key in their own way to the whole of the album. When they are considered along with the album’s other noted singles and the rest of its entries, the whole makes Solutions a mostly enjoyable addition to this year’s field of new pop rock records.
Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ forthcoming debut album, Solutions, is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming independent pop rock outfit. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content collectively. The singles that the album has already produced serve well to support the noted statements. They are only a portion of what makes the album worth hearing. ‘Take You to the Wild’ is another way in which the album shows its strength. The song’s musical arrangement is in part to thank. The steady push from the drums and melodies from the keyboard works with the song’s vocals and subtle guitars to give the song a sound and stylistic approach that is comparable to works from Modest Mouse. One could even argue that the arrangement boasts a sound and stylistic approach that is similar to that of so much pop rock from the late 80s and early 90s. That is hardly to say it is anything bad. Rather, there is something uniquely infectious in the overall approach and sound here. It is just part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s uplifting lyrical content adds to that appeal
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Take You to the Wild’ comes across as being rather celebratory. It seems here that the song’s subject wants to just take another and make that second person so happy. This is inferred from the song’s outset as front man Stephen Nathan sings, “A beautiful place/With no decisions/Close your eyes/Remember the taste of your words…/Have a little/Indecision/Have a little/Before we cry/I want to take you to the wild/Like that…Just like that/Want to run around the world…” Some of the lyrics are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but enough can be comprehended that the subject’s excitement and happiness is obvious. This is someone who is head over heels for someone, or so it would seem. The inference continues in the song’s second verse as Nathan sings, “Tell me the strangest thing you ever heard/Don’t change a word/We’ll run full on into the cold night/I’ll meet you there.” From there Nathan and company repeat the chorus. In the case, the song’s subject just wants to get to know that other person on a deeper, but fun level. He is trying to make that connection with the other person. The positive mindset here is echoed well through the equally positive mood in the song’s musical arrangement. The two items together make it a wonder that this song was not chosen as a single for Solutions. That aside, it is just one example of what makes the album worth hearing. ‘Grown Up,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of what makes the album appealing.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Grown Up’ is varies from that of ‘Take You to the Wild’ in terms of it sound and stylistic approach. Despite that, it still exhibits a clear pop rock style approach. The arrangement in this song makes it an easy fit for any Top 40 Pop radio programmer’s play list. That is exhibited through the melodies in the keyboard -heavy composition. The vocal harmonies and electronics that accompany the keyboards and equally heavy presence of the drums adds to that sense even more. The whole makes the arrangement overall comparable to music from Imagine Dragons and Twenty-One Pilots. At the same time, it still presents its own unique identity separate from works from those bands.
The lyrical theme presented in ‘Grown Up’ works well with its musical counterpart to make the song even more interesting. As the song’s title infers, this song is about making the most of life, not letting the little things control us. This is inferred right from the song’s opening as Nathan sings about wanting “to take a chance and feel alive” and “deleting a friend,” not giving “a f***.” He sings in the song’s chorus “Let the sunshine through/You can’t keep it from me.” This is a full-on optimistic look at life and will certainly resonate with listeners. Keeping all of this in mind, this song proves in its own way what makes Solutions worth hearing. Together with ‘Take You to the Wild,’ the album shows that much more why audiences will appreciate its presentation. They are only a portion of what makes the album worth hearing. ‘Still Holding On’ which is one of the noted singles from this record, is one more example of what makes Solutions stand out in this year’s field of new pop rock records.
‘Still Holding On’ presents a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of Fitz and the Tantrums. As with the arrangement featured in ‘Take You to the Wild’ the keyboard-driven arrangement here is very poppy with a clear tinge of the pop sound from the late 80s and early 90s. That influence pairs with a modern pop influence to make the arrangement in whole unique in its own right. It makes for an interesting juxtaposition to the song’s lyrical theme, which according to Nathan, is “about the changes and challenges in our lives and how we must still find a purpose and keep going.”
Nathan singing right from the song’s outset about looking back at life while also looking forward, that quote makes even more sense. That and so much more in this song is certain to connect with listeners in its own fashion. The overall positive message here pairs with the song’s musical arrangement to make even clearer why it is another of the album’s most notable works. When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs discussed here and the rest of the album’s songs, no doubt is left that Solutions is a strong first outing for Don’t Believe in Ghosts.
Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ debut album, Solutions, is a strong start for the band. That is proven through each of the songs examined here. The songs’ musical arrangements are catchy works that fit well from one to the next on any Top 40 pop radio station’s play list. The lyrical themes that accompany the songs are just as accessible as the songs’ musical arrangements. Keeping this in mind, that collective content makes the album in whole a work that will lead any pop and pop rock fan believe in this group and its new album. Solutions is scheduled for release Friday through Imagen Records/ADA Warner.
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