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Band of Horses Channel Inner ‘Ghost’

Though Band of Horses principal Ben Bridwell warily confirms speculation regarding the existence of “country leanings” on the band’s sophomore LP Cease to Begin, due Oct. 9 via Sub Pop, the outfit’s newfound southern wash certainly isn’t exemplified with album gem “Is There a Ghost,” and its ethereal lofty plucks and airy vocals. Stepping into a familiar mold, evocative of many standards from BoH’s acclaimed debut Everything All the Time, Bridwell’s “Is There a Ghost” musters thunder via tried and true loud-soft pop dynamics, rolling out a soft reverb drenched riff against his whisper-like vocals, then leaping frets first into thick power-chord rock, bolstered with the heightened volume and strain of the frontman’s oft-emphysema-esque fumes. Download “Is There a Ghost” now via the band’s MySpace page!

And if you’re fixin’ on a little visual accompaniment, here’s the band performing the fresh tune at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool! (Click here for more video from that show)

Now Hear This:
Band of Horses – “Is There a Ghost” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
Band of Horses at MySpace

Talk: How does “Is There a Ghost” stand up against standards from 2006’s Everything All the Time?