Ghostpoet is Obaro Ejimiwe, a shapeshifting musician of considerable talent. On Dark Days & Canapés, his new album, he delivers stories perfect for those wee morning hours when things slow down and one has to decide whether to go to bed or just head out for pre-dawn breakfast and start the new days. The power of Ejimiwe's art doesn't derive from tempo, volume, or hooks, but rather from the shaded atmosphere, jazzy accents, guitars jumping in like startled flocks of birds, skittering beats, and the languid but anxiety-tinged vocals. He adeptly addresses the heaviness of the times with a lyricism and empathy that infuses what could be a very bleak set of themes with a triumphant humanity. This is an album that presents a worthwhile change of pace for indie music fans. If you only have time for one track, test drive "Immigrant Boogie" below. But we highly recommend a deeper dive.
Dark Days & Canapés is out now via Play It Again Sam.