MEL SANSON: GHOST REVIEW
English singer songwriter Mel Sanson has made her first solo debut with the single ‘Ghost’. This talented performer’s track is worlds apart from her other projects Auxesis (listen to Rebels & Lost Souls) and Kenelis (Nobody Sees Me But you). The charismatic, badass front woman of Kenelis - with comparisons to The Pretty Reckless - is here in this track stripped completely bare.
In her own words,
The song’s structure has a wave like feel to it, you drift in and out of different thought patterns when you listen to it. The introduction is slow and steady and your mind wandered to unchartered territories before you’re brought back to the present moment with Sanson’s vocals. The ending is similar, with a repetitive mantra of ‘I know this much is true’ that lulls you into a cosy little security blanket before the song ends and you find yourself almost startled by the silence once the track ends.
The overall performance on the record is stunning, there’s a sensitivity behind Sanson’s performance as though she knows herself the pain the listener is going through and is treating it with tentative support. The live feel of the track isn’t just live, it’s sitting down beside her while she pours her heart into your ears (without oversharing). If this track is truly from the heart and soul like she says, then we have an angel walking among us.
Good music doesn’t just get put on repeat, and this track has encouraged Mel’s fans to open up and share their own stories, and their pain. There’s a cathartic effect for those who listen. She sings from what seems to be at times the perspective of someone already gone, acting as a melodic medium between the listener and someone they’ve lost. ‘A ghost will follow you, I know you’ll come through’.
There’s a morbidity behind her lyrics that is masterfully balanced with her comforting vocals and intimate sound. Something so haunting, but so soothing at the same time; this isn’t an easy balance. This track can have 2 effects: it’s three and a half minutes of the comfort you needed or it’s a gentle insight into “Life’s cruel joke.” One thing we do know is that when the time comes for Sanson (dark, we know) she will be more than covered with a debut that explores an unexpected, gentle but powerful aspect of herself as an artist that’s at the core of her being. Very few get to leave a gift like this behind.
This isn’t the type of track you’d ever hear in the charts, but the type that the listener keeps close to themselves, and shares with others at a time when they need to hear Sanson’s words the most. That is worth miles more.
Listen to Ghost below:
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