A New York based-band named Twin Ghost Dog Howl, led by vocalist Bekah Fly and accompanied by various instrumentalists, heals with music. Twin Ghost Howl’s sound blends folk, blues, and ominous beats. While Fly battled sickness in Florida, the band formed. With Cielo Bomba’s reflexive quality, it allows the release of demons plaguing the soul and body.
Fly’s poetic background shines with her complex, mystical lyrics. “The Parade,” “Make Peace,” and “Black Stallion Wishes” all contain a bit of a mythology to them; their content echoes that of the oral tradition of stories being passed down through generations: stories about grandiose creatures and long journeys of self-discovery. These songs speak of internal turmoil that uses nature and creatures as a method to cure.
“Where I Was Going” uses grittier tones than the other tracks on Cielo Bomba. The guitar reigns supreme on this track, while Fly’s sound effects add an extra layer of mystique to it. At some points, Fly’s vocals sound completely muffled because of these effects, but it works. “Where I Was Going” plays with lyrical double meaning: the lines “I didn’t know where I was going” may refer to being unaware of one’s destination or oneself. The “I didn’t know a soul” echoes the popular saying that means being in a room of strangers, or it could toy with the idea of not understanding someone’s soul. The uniqueness of “3 Stars Crawl (Be Alone)” comes from its-seemingly-improvised lyrics and spoken word voiceover.
Instrumentally, the album relies on simple, repetitive beats to allow the lyrics and vocals to shine as the stars of Cielo Bomba’s tracks. The instruments stay interesting, natural, organic and stimulating.
Fly’s impeccably haunting vocals are the biggest strength of Cielo Bomba; her voice mesmerizes and enlightens. The only nit-picky thing about the album is the abrupt endings to some of the tracks. Better sound transitions could have made the ends a bit smoother. The songs that suffered from this were: “Where I Was Going,” “Make Peace,” “Black Stallion Wishes,” and “The Parade.” Overall, Cielo Bomba makes music fans and lyricists both challenged by the complex stories in the songs and appreciative of the detailed weaving put into mixing the tracks.
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