Modernize 1 is the first album in a series of recordings that will be released in 2016 by the band Family Ghosts. This rock band is made up of Matthew Cassella, Patrick Burgess, David Walsh and Brad Bosenbeck who got together and created this four-track EP that deals with shared anxieties, fears and relationships surrounding the concept of death. This is an interesting album with a calm, unique sound worth a quick listen.
The first track, “There’s No Way” has a deep sounding, ‘80s pop melody and feeling that lasts throughout the album. Immediately right from the introduction of the song we are given a firsthand listen to the interesting voice of the lead singer. It’s a deep, monotone voice that’s perfectly accompanies the composition and sound of the band.
There is a nice, calm, rock melody throughout. The sound is minimalistic but very emotional in the simplest way out there. The lyrics are clear and direct, and have an interesting theme of dealing and accepting the concept of death. The contrast to the music is perfect, though, as there is a fun, dance-y melody all along.
The next track, “At the Corner” has a really deep, nice bass line all along. The lyrics are murmured and quiet, and even calmer than the first song. While this change-up and conscious muting of the lyrics is a nice touch they are, in fact, hard to make out.
The album then moves onto “Terrible People” a track more similar in nature to the first track. There is a higher, louder and faster tempo and melody in this track and the album picks back up again. The lyrics of this songs are very personal and give us a big insight into the thoughts, ideas and mind of the band.
This four-song EP titled Modernize 1 wraps up with the song “When the War Comes.” This is another very cool concept, and gives this album depth that’s fun to listen to. The guitar and bass line riff throughout this song is very unique and really cool. It shows these guys’ creativity and desire to have fun with music. This album is a great listen and has interesting concepts throughout. While it could have used more energy, as it is too quiet at times, it is a fun and enjoyable experience.
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