London based Obaro Ejimiwe, who is better known as Ghostpoet, will be bringing his uniquely brooding sound to Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall this April. As part of a promotional tour of the UK and Ireland, the gig will not only serve to showcase Ghostpoet’s talent it will also serve to promote his forthcoming single – ‘X Marks The Spot’.
The single will be released on 4th May by Play It Again Sam. Much like the rest of the recently released album ‘Shedding Skin’, this track is a departure from some of the more abstract and intuitive electronic sounds found on his second LP, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’. Here, the dark drawl and enigmatic musicality of Ejimiwe’s compositions become more distinctive – and for that matter effective. Falling somewhere between the menacing melodies of The XX and the captivating delivery of Roots Manuva, ‘X Marks The Spot’ is a driving yet melancholic tale of fear and abandonment, which also features the wonderfully haunting guest vocals of Nadine Shah.
‘X Marks The Spot’ video:
Not only innovative in sound, Ghostpoet’s recent collaboration with Topman and the #Openshoot project has managed to bring together a host of young artists to produce the cerebral image-scape for this track’s music video. This project, sponsored by Topman, saw the artists contribute images and ideas that were inspired by the single. These visual elements were then organised in workshops and eventually used by the video’s directors, Unknown Artists. Much like Ghostpoet’s music, this collaboration is a complimentary blend of varying influences.
Topman #Openshoot video:
Since the success of his 2011 Mercury nominated debut album, ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet has continued to keep himself busy by producing engaging, emotive and often entrancing music. Now, with the critical reception ‘Shedding Skin’ has received, the forthcoming tour (including a sold out date in Brighton) will provide a deeper insight into this distinctive artist’s new musical direction.
Ghostpoet will be playing Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday, 4th April. Tickets are available here.