Hey, thanks for chatting to us, could you tell our readers a little bit about Handsome Ghost?
Thanks for having us. I started Handsome Ghost in 2014 around some songs I was writing about a relationship I hadn’t quite worked through yet. In the early days it was just me, my acoustic guitar, and my laptop, trying to work through that relationship. I had just ended my previous project, a folk rock type thing, and thought I was going to leave music, but I felt I needed to get these songs down. At some point along the way, Eddie joined, first as a touring musician and eventually as a producer for this album, and I refocused on the relationship I started this band to work out. So I guess Handsome Ghost is really about this record, if that makes sense.
How do you feel your sound has evolved on the new record?
Sonically, Eddie and I went into the album wanted to make something cohesive but dynamic. We spent a lot of time experimenting with different blends of different instruments. In the end, I think we ended up with something that’s very honest and true to the lyrics and the story I wanted to tell. We recorded a lot of violins, mandolins, and guitars, and blended them with synths and vocal textures. We wanted to mess around with the contrast between intimacy and soaring wide spaces.
What does ‘Reckless Lover’ draw upon?
It draws mostly upon my memory of one particular night. It’s strange how years can change two people. Time and distance can turn friends or lovers into strangers. But then you see each other again and it’s like nothing has changed, even if you’re both aware that everything is different. Reckless Lover is trying to make sense of all that, I guess.
Has there been a particular highlight in 2017?
Storm, the very very good boy: http://time.com/4862677/ dog-saves-drowning-deer/
You just released a cover of Harvest Moon, how did that come about?
The idea of an album (as opposed to a collection of singles) is still important to us. Maybe that’s old school, but we didn’t want to put too much of our album out there and have songs be sitting in isolation when really they should be together both sonically and thematically. Instead of putting out another single from the album, we decided to do a cover of “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young. That song is just so phenomenally written and the longing reflection really fits well with the themes on our album. It’s a song that feels so tragic at times but also so content at other times, depending on what’s going on in your life. For the arrangement, we wanted to do it in the same way as the album. Mixing acoustic and electronic elements to create an atmosphere that supports the song.
What are you looking forward to in the new year?
We’re putting out our first full-length album on the 26th of January. It’s called ‘Welcome Back’. Beyond that not really sure what to expect of this year. Kinda heading into the year with a lot of hopes, but not really sure what those hopes are. Typical new year, I guess.
What should fans keep an eye out for?
Beyond ‘Welcome Back’, we’re planning on putting out stripped versions of songs. We’re going out on tour with flor this February which we’re super excited about. After that we’re hoping to get back into our little home studio and work on something new.