Saturday, December 22, 2012

Songs of 2012 Countdown: #11 Ghost

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #11....

Ghost, “Secular Haze”
Admittedly, it’s hard to take Ghost all that seriously, given the Swedish band’s affinity for hooded robes and its frontman’s fondness for dressing as a skull-faced Catholic cardinal. But while Ghost’s onstage pageantry takes Nordic showmanship to its illogical conclusion, the music itself has far less in common with black metal than it does with, well, whatever it is that Blue Oyster Cult used to do. “Secular Haze,” taken from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, is a strangely beguiling mix of melodic psych-rock vocals, crunchy hard-rock guitars, and what I’m thinking sounds very much like a circus calliope. If Ghost breaks big in 2013, many will blame it on shtick, but the real reason will be songs like this. — BF

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