Nikki & The Phantom Callers “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows” – Listen

There’s a mighty blend of modern know-how and traditional voice blending on ‘They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows‘, the new single from Atlanta’s Nikki & The Phantom Callers. The band describe themselves as purveyors of jangling country-tinged indie-rock outfit-but that’s not really the case on this song where something quite unusual is going on.There’s a call back to the blended Gospel  voices of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot‘, and that’s due no doubt to the influence of Nikki Speake who grew up singing at church in Dadeville – the epitome of small-town Alabama.  The vocals intertwining and crossing at tangents makes for a haunted traditional sound, which is given a distinctive edge with martial percussion and long keyboard chords.  One thing’s for sure – this is not the music you’ve heard every day, and that’s exactly what we aim to bring you.

Photo: Brandon Barr

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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