Track Of The Day: Sister Ghost – ‘Season Of The Witch’

Previous winners of ‘Best Live Act’ at Northern Ireland’s Music Prize, and having previously wowed us with their contribution to The Fight Is Not Over – a live EP capturing the protest nature of many of Belfast’s bands, and addressing the need to continue pushing for more inclusive spaces – Sister Ghost last week shared a special Halloween Compilation EP, The Samhain Mixtape. Featuring covers from Shannon and Maeve, as well as special spooky tunes from a number of their favourite bands (including Party Fears, Alumna, Mom Fiend), it’s a perfect selection of seaonal treats!

Taken from the EP, Sister Ghost’s rendition of Donovan’s ‘Season Of the Witch’ provides the perfect Autumn soundtrack. As dark throbbing bass lines and jangling hooks create a playful sense of doom, it’s propelled by impassioned vocals and a seething energy, adding an underlying gritty power to the catchy spirit of the original.  

 

You can buy the The Samhain Mixtape for the suggested donation of £6.66 or Pay What You Can over on Sister Ghost’s Bandcamp. All proceeds will be going to Girls Rock School NI, the local Girls Rock chapter founded by Shannon from Sister Ghost. The organisation have been working online with young women and non-binary young people during lockdown to reduce isolation, create community and make music together.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Party Fears – ‘OK. No Problem’

Having started out life in Seoul as the solo project of Northern Irish Maggie Devlin, Party Fears is now comprised of both Devlin and Eilis Frawley, as they create their unique genre-defying sounds. Following catchy tracks such as ‘Dog Star’ and ‘Sun King II’, the duo have now released a brand new single.

Inspired by feelings of self-doubt and loneliness, ‘OK. No Problem’ oozes the subtle power of Devlin’s honey-sweet vocals alongside twinkling melodies and an infectious colourful energy. Juxtaposing the track’s reflective subject matter with the duo’s sparkling charisma, ‘OK. No Problem’ builds with an impassioned grit, creating a truly moreish blast of art-pop.

Of the meaning behind the track, Devlin explains:

Doubt is a lonely place to live… While you’re deciding what’s up or down or black or white, the world moves on; somehow you’re still on the starting block, deciding to start running with your left or your right foot… I don’t think loneliness is always sad. It can agitate, it can exist as a kind of frustration or mania. Or even joy. Like a stubborn, contrary joy.”

Recorded by Ryan McGroarty in Start Together Studios, and featuring Lisa Kelly on bass, you can listen to ‘OK. No Problem’ for the first time here:

 

And you can also take a watch of the brand new accompanying video, filmed in Berlin by film-makers Valérie Partoens and Ergi Dosti:

‘Ok. No Problem’ is out tomorrow, 25th October.

Artwork by: Ali Nail Bak

Mari Lane
@marimindles