That Ghost, aka Santa Rosa youngster Ryan Schmale, puts together a different sort of one-man California lo-fi. Vocally, think of a 19-year-old Robert Pollard (with everything that connotes, good and bad). His approach to pop is fuzzy and spacious, but he wanders in a different direction with “The Red Bow,” a song placing Schmale squarely inside a chilly garage in Sonoma County. It’s an unlikely introduction for those who first bit on the earlier circulated “I Crossed Out The Options” and “Open Windows.” To get you in the mood, consider these lines: “I’d much rather just cut my legs off, so you can carry me home on your own.” Now consider what would’ve happened if that Wavves/Black Lips fight had birthed a child.
That Ghost – “The Red Bow” (MP3)
[Photo by Darrin Schmale]