The story behind Twin Ghost Dog Howl aka Bekah Fly is worth reading. I’m not going to waste precious space in this review explaining but I would recommend reading about it on her Bandcamp page.
All the recordings on a Halo for a ….. were made with a phone and as you could guess it's incredibly lo-fi sounding. I’d be lying If I said the sound was ideal. There were occasions that I really wanted more clarity especially within the vocals instead of boxy frequencies.
That being said some of the lo-fi aesthetics work in favor of the songs because of the experimental nature. I was so impressed with what she could do with a minimal gear I found myself wondering what she might be capable of if she was working in a professional studio.
Her music is sparse. It involves a guitar, a loop pedal, distortion and her vocals. Sometimes she sings, sometimes she talks as if she is reading poetry. All things considered I found her style original and sparse which I think is a hard thing to do this day and age.
She opens with “what about the frequency of a baby crow wolf?” which is a lo-fi psychedelic track. A simple picked guitar progression gets sped up on occasion and her voice sometimes gets altered mid-sentence. She mixes up vocal styles but it works. She declares “what about the frequency of a baby crow wolf? : im lit up like desert skies / i fall in love with geminis / i roll the dice.”
“Love u most/Kill u best” is one of the catchiest songs. You can hear how good of a singing voice she has even though it’s distorted. Some of the manipulations were quite inventive. I thought most of them worked really well.
“If jesus was a wolf (id howl/id fuck in the snow)” has a downright soulful vocal performance with ambiguous lyrics that go down the rabbit hole. She has more success with “Grandpa (little mental skies)” which was another inspired track.
These songs are deceptively cohesive once you spend some time with them. I felt like there is some mad genius at work here the more I listened to these songs. In fact her style and songs are definitely “growers.” These aren’t palatable pop songs but there are some interesting things going on here. Stick with it.
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