Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from LA-based band, Love Ghost. Our regular readers will know that we’ve reviewed Love Ghost several times over the past 12 months, as well as a recent interview to get to know them a little better. Their single, Jealousy, was released on March 31, 2023, and is another powerful emo/grunge explosion of the angst and attitude we’ve come to know and love from Love Ghost.
Songwriter, Finnegan Bell speaks of the inspiration behind the song: “I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve, and being this passionate can hurt at times. I can be a people pleaser for people that don’t care as much about me, and I’m trying to get out of that unhealthy habit. I had recently been betrayed and a lot of old insecurities and PTSD was brought up because of that.” He wrote Jealousy to process his feelings and to let people in similar situations know that they are not alone. He hopes this track will be a “mental bandage” for people in a similar place in their lives.
Love Ghost have consistently impressed us with their professionalism, attention to detail, and relentless touring schedule in an effort to reach new fans further and further afield. Having recently toured Mexico and Europe, the band are throwing everything they have at making a name for themselves and it seems to be working.
Jealousy is a song with dark emo themes and a super-cool melancholy atmosphere. The lyric, “Why do the ones we love make us so lonely” was a particularly poignant line. The rise and fall within this track really impressed us, with some superb builds into the choruses. We love the half-time punctuated sections in the second half of each chorus, and we found ourselves nodding slowly, half-moshing into our morning coffees! There are some truly dynamic moments in this track, with plenty of scope for gentler sections and huge rises. Clearly, the band are superb arrangers as well as writers and performers.
The guitars are heavier in the choruses and the layered vocals help give them some extra punch and make them stick in your mind. We don’t doubt this track is a real crowd-pleaser and will have audiences singing along in no time.
Once you’ve listened to this track on full blast, take another listen to it with headphones on. There are plenty of cool stereo effects that you might miss otherwise.
Ideas from our ears
A cut around 55Hz would reduce some slightly ‘boomy’ tones and balance out the low end a little more. Also, more use of an under-snare mic would add extra brightness and ‘pop’ to the drums. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Love Ghost are a consistently exciting emo/rock/ grunge band producing music that always impresses us here at the Send Me Your Ears studio. Jealousy is a particularly well-crafted track that we feel is an instant hit. Highly recommended.