Video: Tyler Ramsey “These Ghosts”

Photo credit: Parker J. Pfister

Here is the compelling new single from Tyler Ramsey, former lead guitarist from Band of Horses.  ‘These Ghosts’ has a wonderful sense of sonic urgency and melodic brightness that brings to mind the very best work of Ramsey’s former band.  It’s a haunting song about the difficulty in letting go of the past.  Ramsey explains: “This song is for anyone who has left a bad situation behind them only to look down and realise they are still carrying it with them somehow. Letting go – even letting go of something that’s no good – can take time. The pain in your head is just the smoke from a fire that burned out a long time ago.”

‘These Ghosts’ is the lead single from the upcoming album ‘New Lost Ages’, due out on 9th February 2024.  It follows the well-received previous singles, ‘New Lost Ages’ and ‘Flare (for Neal Casal)’, which also display Ramsey’s outstanding songcraft.  Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Shins), the new record combines indie-folk and rock to create a new sound that feels both familiar and fresh at once.  It’s hypnotic music to be absorbed in, losing yourself in the album’s ten songs from start to finish.  The album’s subject matter is the exploration of oneself, through memories and mistakes, and the life-lessons that lead to this moment.  As ever, Ramsey’s songwriting and lyrics are thoughtful and sensitive and intense.  Ramsey says of his writing: “Writing is simply a release for me.  It’s a way for me to process my own path through this life. Some of the time I get it right — my aim is always honesty in writing.  I feel secure in what I do musically and I believe in what I’m writing.  I try to write songs that I believe every word of. I don’t want to ever dance around something or have to sing lyrics that don’t feel like truth to me.”

Our readers in the US can catch Ramsey on tour this spring – details and tickets can be found here.  The rest of us can simply immerse ourselves in this brilliantly-shot video, in which we follow Tyler Ramsey, haunted by his past.

About Andrew Frolish 1414 Articles
From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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Looking forward to the Album release!